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Hawaiian papayans are "safe to eat" despite the outbreak of salmonella on the continent, say government officials



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    Organic Papa cultivated by Yao Cheng on the Makuu Farmers Market near Keaau.

Hawaiian papaya is safe to eat despite the outbreak of Salmonella, which has led to diseases reported in eight other countries

The US Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating the outbreak of 62 Salmonella related to fresh papaya imported from Mexico.

The State Department of Health and the State Department of Agriculture said there was no reason to avoid consumption of local papaya.

"The FDA informed me that their investigations were focused on papaws imported from Mexico," said Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geyser in a written statement. "Our papal-loving community must be confident that the fruit grown in Hawaii is not related to the outbreak that occurs mainly in the Northeastern US"

Diseases reported in Texas, Florida, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania . , New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, according to the FDA. CDC advises consumers in these countries to dispose of papacy from Mexico.

Out of a total of 62 diseases, 60 were reported in Northeast Six countries.

"One patient in Florida who was reported to be ill traveled to Connecticut before becoming a FDA statement in a written statement. "Another Texas patient was also ill and at this point additional information is collected about this patient. More information will be provided when it becomes available. "

All Hawaiian papaya is safe to eat, says Lori Nagatesi, head of the DOH Food and Drug Administration.

"Fruits and vegetables are part of a healthy diet and the best way to reduce the risk of disease from fresh products is to wash them well under running water or to cook," Nagatesi said.


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