(UPDATE: July 5, 2019) After conducting an investigation, the FDA and CDC, along with state and local departments, determined the source of a recent Salmonella outbreak was Cavi brand papayas, distributed by Agroson’s LLC of Bronx, New York.
The papayas were sold under the brand name, Cavi. As of today, there are now 71 reported illnesses.
According to the latest release, the FDA is limiting the recall to those that may supply Cavi brand papayas. “The FDA strongly advises importers, suppliers, and distributors, as well as restaurants, retailers, and other food service providers from all states to not sell or distribute whole, fresh papayas from Agroson’s LLC that are labeled under the Cavi brand.”
(June 28, 2019) The Food and Drug Administration announced it is investigating an outbreak of Salmonella Uganda illnesses from fresh, whole papayas imported from Mexico. There have been 62 reported illnesses potentially associated with the papayas. The last illness onset was reported June 8, 2019. Nearly half of the illnesses, 32, resulted in hospitalizations.
The FDA is increasing screenings of the imports to determine a cause and source of the outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control advises that any customers, retailers, or restaurants in the affected regions immediately put any papayas from Mexico on hold until the agencies can determine the exact cause. If any of the products go past their expiration date, please discard them.
The majority of the illnesses were reported in the Northeast region of the country: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Florida, and Texas.
What is Salmonella Uganda?
Salmonella is a bacteria that causes gastrointestinal illness and fever, called salmonellosis. Salmonella Uganda is the specific strain that was found in those affected by the outbreak. The symptoms develop 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the infection. Salmonellosis usually lasts four to seven days, without treatment.
The signs of salmonellosis are diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps. Severe cases can cause fever, headaches, lethargy, rash, blood in the urine or stool, and in some cases it can be fatal. Children under the age of five, elderly persons, and those with already-weakened immune systems are more likely to experience severe symptoms.
The FDA recommends sanitizing your kitchen where the potentially contaminated food has been stored to prevent foodborne illness. Wash all surfaces of your kitchen where the food may have come into contact. This includes refrigerator, cutting boards and countertops, or utensils.
Do you have a food poisoning lawsuit?
If you or someone you know developed salmonellosis from fresh papaya, we urge you to take action immediately. Financial compensation may be available to you by filing a lawsuit.
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