CDC Cavi branded Papaya Warning [US]

US FlagUS/Atlanta: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") LogoThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), an Atlanta, Georgia based health promotion and disease prevention authority, issues an updated warning against consuming Cavi branded Papayas imported from Mexico due to Salmonella infection.


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Additional information:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) reports this outbreak has caused at least 71 people to become seriously sickened and at least 27 people

Additional information is as follows:

  • A CDC update for an outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to Papayas imported from Mexico has been posted at
  • Known illnesses started on dates ranging from January 14, 2019, to June 16, 2019. Most illnesses, however, have occurred since April of this year.
  • Epidemiologic and traceback evidence indicates Cavi brand whole, fresh Papayas are a likely source of this outbreak.
  • 71 ill people have been reported from eight (8) states, including Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Texas.
  • 27 people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
  • The CDC advises consumers not to eat, serve, or sell any Cavi branded whole, fresh Papayas because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. The CDC is no longer advising consumers to avoid all Papayas from Mexico.
  • The hospitalization rate in this outbreak is 60 percent among people with information available. The hospitalization rate in Salmonella outbreaks is usually around 20 percent.
  • The CDC notes people may be more likely to develop a more serious illness if you have certain medical conditions, such as liver disease or weakened immune systems.
  • If you have any Cavi branded whole, fresh Papayas in your home should not eat them. Throw the Papayas away, even if some of them were eaten and no one has gotten sick.
    • Do not eat fruit salads or other foods that include any Cavi branded Papayas.
    • If you aren’t sure the Papaya you bought is Cavi brand, you can ask the place of purchase. When in doubt, don’t eat the Papaya: throw it out.
    • Wash and sanitize places where Cavi brand Papayas were stored: countertops and refrigerator drawers or shelves. Follow these five steps from the CDC to clean your refrigerator.
  • Restaurants, retailers, and other food service providers from all states should not sell or serve any Cavi branded Papayas, which are distributed by Agroson’s LLC. Importers, suppliers, and distributors should not sell Cavi brand Papayas distributed by Agroson’s LLC.
  • This investigation is ongoing and the CDC will provide more information as it becomes available.

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