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Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro

Representing the 3rd District of Connecticut

DeLauro Demands FDA Use Mandatory Recall Authority in Multistate Salmonella Outbreak

July 19, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC (July 19, 2019) – Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Agroson’s LLC has refused to initiate a recall of its Cavi brand papayas. FDA’s investigation has indicated that Cavi brand papayas are the likely cause of a multistate Salmonella outbreak that has resulted in 71 illnesses across 8 states, including Connecticut.

“The FDA is a regulatory agency whose mission is to safeguard public health and protect consumers from unsafe food,” said DeLauro. “Too often corporations fail to act in the public’s interest. That is why Congress gave the FDA mandatory recall authority in the Food Safety Modernization Act. But the passive approach it has taken in response to this Salmonella outbreak has threatened people and their families. That is unacceptable. FDA must immediately employ its mandatory recall authority and send a strong message that this uncooperative behavior will not be tolerated.”

In a letter last week, DeLauro criticized the FDA’s delay in notifying the public about the outbreak and asked for an update on the investigation.

DeLauro is the Chair of the Congressional Food Safety Caucus and is a senior Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee responsible for oversight and funding of the FDA.