Posted on June 25, 2020 by Sustainable Food News

FDA issues ‘call to action’ for fresh fruit sector

FDA clamping down after 8 outbreaks linked to imports of fresh papaya

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday issued a second letter to the papaya industry outlining a series of steps that can be taken to prevent recurring outbreaks of salmonella linked to papayas.

In August, the FDA sent a letter to papaya growers, harvesters, packers, distributors, exporters, importers and retailers warning the industry that the agency is clamping down on food safety after eight salmonella outbreaks linked to imports of the fresh fruit in the past eight years has resulted in nearly 500 reported illnesses, 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,” the FDA said.

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