Days after health officials advised consumers to avoid whole, fresh papayas from Mexico amid a salmonella outbreak, new guidance was issued Friday.
“With the exception of Cavi brand whole, fresh papayas, consumers no longer need to avoid papayas imported from Mexico,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, “Agroson’s LLC of Bronx, New York, is the exclusive distributor of the imported papayas that likely made consumers from this outbreak sick.”
The CDC and the FDA issued warnings last week advising consumers in six states to not eat the fruit, but also are advising distributors, restaurants and retailers “from all states to hold whole, fresh papayas imported from Mexico,” the FDA said in a statement.
According to the CDC, there have been 71 reported cases from eight states since January. Twenty-seven people have been hospitalized and no deaths have been reported.
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There were nine additional reported cases from the CDC’s June 28 report.
“The hospitalization rate in this outbreak is 60% among people with information available,” the CDC said. “The hospitalization rate in Salmonella outbreaks is usually around 20%.”
The consumer papaya warning was for Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. It didn’t apply to Florida and Texas, which each had one reported case.
“Consumers in the U.S. should not eat any Cavi brand whole, fresh papayas. Restaurants and retailers should not sell or serve Cavi brand papayas,” the CDC said.
There have been no papaya recalls but the FDA said it “has consulted with the firm on the possibility of a recall.”
Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps, and they usually develop 12 to 72 hours after eating a contaminated product, according to the CDC.
Contributing: David M. Zimmer, North Jersey Record
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