Is This Mexican Fruit Poisoning Americans?

The US Government is warning Americans about a salmonella outbreak originating from papayas imported from Mexico. USA Today reports:

Health officials are raising a red flag about whole, fresh papayas from Mexico amid a salmonella outbreak.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration are warning 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.

“This hold is intended to prevent or limit further distribution of potentially contaminated papayas that may already be in the supply chain until more information on the potential source of papayas linked to the outbreak becomes available,” the FDA said.

According to the CDC, there have been 62 reported cases from eight states since January. Twenty-three people have been hospitalized and no deaths have been reported.

Quality control at the border is essential – Americans deserve the highest quality food.

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