Put down your summer fruit salad. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced an alert following a Salmonella outbreak linked to Cavi brand whole, fresh papayas.

The CDC traced an eight-state Salmonella outbreak, including Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Texas, back to the fruit. As of now there are 71 reported illnesses, with 27 hospitalizations.

According to the CDC, reports of illnesses related to this specific outbreak started in mid-January. With illness onset dates ranging from Jan. 14 through Jun. 16, the CDC is still investigating the issue.

If you have a Cavi brand papaya, or think you do, don’t eat it. Throw the fruit away immediately. The same goes for fruit salads, smoothies or any other recipe with a Cavi papaya in it. The CDC recommends washing and sanitizing all surfaces the papaya touched by following these steps.

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—Erica Loop

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