The FDA is urging consumers to avoid Cavi Brand whole, fresh papayas as its distributor Agroson's LLC refuses to voluntarily recall the product.
The fruit has been linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 71 people across eight states. Twenty-seven people have been hospitalized, though no deaths have been reported at the time of this publication.
Agroson refused to initiate a recall, claiming that the FDA's evidence didn't match up correctly. However, the agency contacted wholesale customers of Agroson to ensure that the fruit was no longer available for sale, has been discarded or not further processed or frozen.
In addition, the agency is urging consumers in all states to not eat any Cavi brand whole, fresh papayas and should throw them away. If consumers are unable to determine the brand of the fruit, the product should still be thrown away.