June 25, 2020
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a second letter to papaya growers, harvesters, packers, distributors, exporters, importers and retailers outlining a series of steps that can be taken to prevent recurring outbreaks of Salmonella linked to papayas.
In an August 2019 letter, FDA called on all sectors of the papaya industry to take action to break the cycle of recurring outbreaks of Salmonella infections associated with imported papayas. This pattern of eight outbreaks since 2011 tied to consumption of imported fresh papayas has accounted for almost 500 reported cases of illness, including more than 100 hospitalizations and two deaths.
With the 2020 growing season upon us, the letter highlights important work done by industry and our regulatory partners in Mexico to develop food safety best practices and stresses the importance of proactively working to keep papayas free of contamination.