U.S.: Salmonella papaya recall extended to second brand
New York-based papaya distributor Agroson's is recalling fruit sold under the Cavi brand because it was grown on a farm that U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said was linked to a deadly multistate salmonella outbreak.
An outbreak of the disease linked to Maradol papayas has killed one person in New York and sickened more than 100 others.
The Caribeña brand of papayas had previously been recalled due to safety concerns.
"The FDA is now advising that consumers avoid Caribeña and Cavi brands of Maradol papayas, and all varieties of papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm located in Campeche, MX, as a result of the FDA’s traceback investigation and testing," it said.
"The FDA is working to identify additional brand(s) that these papayas are sold under and facilitate recall(s). Meanwhile, consumers should ask their retailers about the source of their papayas."
Agroson's recalled more than 2,400 boxes of Cavi-brand Maradol papayas on August 4 grown and packed by Carica de Campeche.
The product in question was distributed to wholesalers in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey from July 16 to 19, and was available until July 31.
"Other Cavi papayas from other farms are not subject to recall. Consumers who may have these papayas should dispose of them in the trash," the FDA said.
It added Agroson's had ceased importing papayas from the grower.
"The company is taking precautionary measures to ensure the safety of its imported produce by taking samples of every load to a private lab, and testing for Salmonella," the FDA said.
"The company is also cooperating with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in their investigation and will provide any assistance possible."