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Mexican Papayas Banned At The Border

The FDA announced Thursday they were banning the import of papayas from Mexico until they were cleared of salmonella.

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An FDA investigation found 15 percent of all fresh papayas from Mexico contained foodborne bacteria.

The FDA announced Thursday that the import of papayas will be halted until it is proven they are not contaminated with salmonella.

A three-month investigation found that 15 percent of papayas imported from Mexico were contaminated with bacteria, the FDA said.

An outbreak of salmonella Agona infections sickened 100 across 23 states earlier this year.

U.S. and Mexican officials are working together to prevent the spread of foodborne bacteria, Mexican public health official Enrique Sanchez Cruz said.

Read More:

  • FDA Blocks Mexican papayas for salmonella link (Reuters)
  • Salmonella fears spur ban of Mexican papayas in the U.S. (TODAY)
Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Bloomington, Indiana. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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