Salmonella Found In Hot Peppers, Avocados Imported By South Texas Company
by Bob Dunn
1 day ago
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department have discovered Salmonella in hot peppers and avocados imported and
distributed by a
According to a statement by the Texas Department of State Health Services, the strain of Salmonella discovered in the peppers and avocados is not the strain responsible for a nationwide outbreak of the bacterial infection over the past three months.
The strain responsible for the national outbreak is Salmonella Saintpaul, and has sickened more than 1,000 people, including 408 from
Meanwhile, Reuters quoted an FDA official as saying the Saintpaul strain was found in a single jalapeno at a different South Texas produce distributor - Agricola Zargosa, in
Dr. David Acheson, FDA associate commissioner for foods, told the news service it isn't clear whether the pepper was contaminated at the farm where it was picked, at the distribution center or somewhere in between.
"DSHS and FDA are working to identify where the avocados, serranos and jalapenos from Grande were shipped and where and how the recalled produce was contaminated," the
It was not immediately clear whether any of those clients include grocery stores or restaurants in
Salmonella in Grande's produce was detected separately at
Ironically, news about the contaminated peppers and avocado comes immediately after the FDS lifted a warning against eating uncooked tomatoes.
However, even while the agency cleared tomatoes as no longer being a threat in the Salmonella outbreak, the FDA warned that at-risk groups including infants, the elderly and people with weak immune systems should avoid jalapeno and serrano peppers.
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