Update on Papayas: 7.8.19
Late Friday, July 5, 2019, the FDA and CDC updated their websites concerning the multistate outbreak of Salmonella Uganda associated with whole, fresh papaya.
Epidemiological and traceback information collected thus far in the investigation indicates Agroson’s LLC in Bronx, NY is the exclusive distributor of imported papayas that likely made consumers from this outbreak ill. The papayas are sold under the brand name Cavi. No positive product samples have been found to date.
FDA has asked for the products to be recalled though no recall has been issued yet. FDA will update their advisory with a list of recalled products should the firm issue a recall.
At this point, no other distributors of papayas are implicated in this outbreak.
FDA has narrowed its recommendations from its June 28, 2019 from a general “hold” of all imported Mexican papayas to a recommendation for consumers to not eat Cavi brand whole, fresh papayas and to throw them away if they have them at home. Restaurants and retailers have been advised by FDA to not sell or serve whole, fresh Cavi brand papayas sourced from Agroson’s LLC. Additionally, consumers have been advised that all other brands of whole, fresh papayas are safe to consume.
CDC has also updated their advice to consumers, retailers, distributors and foodservice operations. In parallel to FDA, CDC warns consumers not to eat any Cavi brand whole, fresh papayas. Restaurants and retailers should not sell or serve Cavi brand papayas. This is a change from June 28th when CDC advised consumers not to consume any Mexican papayas. CDC also adds that any places where Cavi brand papayas were stored; e.g. countertops or refrigerator drawers or shelves should be washed and sanitized to avoid potential cross contamination.
To date, there have been 71 cases across 8 states, 27 hospitalizations and no deaths.
For further detail, you can check the FDA (fda.gov) or CDC (cdc.gov) websites. We will continue to monitor the FDA investigation and update you as appropriate.
Mexican Papayas Notice
Effective immediately, the FDA has notified all USA vendors of Mexican Papayas to place the commodity on hold. There have been reports of contamination in the Midwest and Southeast. Nothing reported in the western US.