The U.S. FDA and CDC are investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Uganda illnesses linked to Cavi brand whole, fresh papayas. The FDA asked for a voluntary recall of Cavi brand papayas, which were imported from Mexico and sold in June and July. Illnesses have been reported in eight states: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Florida, and Texas. Consumers are urged to throw away any Cavi brand papayas they may have in their homes.
Salmonella are a group of bacteria that can cause gastrointestinal illnesses and a fever. Most people infected will show symptoms 12 to 72 hours after infection. Most people feel better within a week and don't require treatment, but people with weakened immune systems, children under 5, and the elderly, are at a greater risk of complications.
Since this illness was attributed to whole papayas, it is likely that those who prepared the papayas did not wash them before cutting into them. This is an extremely important step in the food safety process, as harmful pathogens can be pushed right into the flesh of the fruit or vegetable by a knife if the outside is not properly cleaned before preparation. It is also important to select fruit that does not have any obvious tears, holes, or blemishes.
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