FDA: Don't eat serrano peppers from Mexico because of salmonella risk

Source of Article:  http://blogs.usatoday.com/ondeadline/2008/07/report-fda-trac.html

Serrano peppers at a farm in Mexico were found to be contaminated with the same strain of Salmonella that has sickened more than 1,300 people across the USA, the Food and Drug Administration says, according to news agencies.

Bloomberg News and the Associated Press say federal investigators found the bacteria in irrigation water at the farm. As a result, officials say consumers shouldn't eat serrano peppers from Mexico.

"We have a positive sample in water used for irrigation and serrano peppers from the same farm that have matched outbreak strain," Dr. David Acheson, the agency's chief of food safety, tells Congress, according to The Washington Post.

The FDA has been looking into the possibility that the contamination was carried into the United States by tomatoes, serrano peppers and jalapeņo peppers.

CDC has more about the outbreak.


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