Agroson’s responds to FDA warning letter on papaya Salmonella outbreak

The following statement is from a spokesperson from Davidson Law Group, representing Agroson’s, LLC, BB #:275358 Bronx, NY.

We are aware of the recent FDA claims regarding our Cavi brand Papayas and their alleged link to a Salmonella outbreak in June, most recently in a letter issued today. While we respect the FDA’s process and concern for public safety, we are confident that our Cavi brand Papayas are safe for consumption and are not contaminated at this time.

We follow all applicable federal and state regulations and are committed to our customers’ health and safety. Any claims that we violated the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act in our operations is patently false. In fact, repeated, direct testing conducted by the FDA has shown no trace of bacteria in our product.

Agroson’s distributes Cavi brand papayas.

FDA continues to sample our shipments and release it into the U.S. for sale, finding no positive sample to Salmonella. FDA’s epidemiological and traceback evidence is tenuous and insufficient to establish a causal link to the outbreak.

Because our customers’ health and safety is of the utmost importance to us, two years ago, when the FDA notified us of a possible contamination of our papayas, after testing confirmed a positive identification of the presence of the Salmonella germ, we immediately removed our products as a precaution.

The current claims against our product are not under the same circumstances. If we ever believe our product has the potential to be contaminated, we voluntarily recall the product until our investigation into the source of the Salmonella outbreak is complete. Through repeated, negative testing, we discovered no link to our Cavi brand Papayas and the current Salmonella outbreak.

We will be filing a response to the FDA’s letter within the next week and plan to continue defending ourselves and our brand vigorously, in court if need be. As a trusted, family-owned business that has been operating for two decades, we will continue to serve our community by delivering high-quality products to our customers.