Salmonella Lawyer Update: Cavi Brand Whole, Fresh Papayas Linked to Salmonella Outbreak Once Again
After an intense investigation the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the connection between the Cavi brand whole, fresh maradol papayas and the multistate salmonella outbreak.
On July 5th the FDA and CDC officially announced that the salmonella outbreak which affected 71 people as of July 3rd was caused by the Cavi brand papayas distributed by Agroson’s LLC of Bronx, New York.
According to the FDA the multistate outbreak started on dates ranging from January 14, 2019, to June 16, 2019 and has had cases reported from 8 different states. The cases linked to the outbreak have been reported from Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Texas.
No deaths have been reported but 71 people have been affected by this papaya salmonella outbreak, 27 of which have been hospitalized. The CDC said “The hospitalization rate in the outbreak is 60%, compared with about 20% in most salmonella outbreaks.”
There has been no recall announced on the Cavi brand whole, fresh maradol papayas but the FDA has consulted with the firm on the possibility of a recall. The FDA does not suspect papayas from other distributors to be part of the salmonella outbreak, but they will continue their investigation to try to determine the root cause of the contamination of the implicated brand.
The FDA announced that Distributors don’t need to withhold Mexican papayas from distribution, with the exception of the Cavi brand. But they do 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. They also advice consumers who might have any Cavi brand papaya in their home to dispose of it.