Amid Salmonella Scare, UTEP Researchers Document Pepper Problems
Source of Article: http://www.kvia.com/Global/story.asp?S=8825411&nav=AbC0
Aug 12, 2008
By ABC-7 Reporter Martin Bartlett
On Friday, the Chihuahua State Health Department announced they found a pepper contaminated with salmonella near Camargo, and urged diners to avoid all jalapenos grown in the state.
A group of
"The students did find an unhealthy environment," said UTEP School of Nursing Dean Dr. Robert Anders. "There weren't bathroom facilities for them, there wasn't potable water, so if the workers wanted to wash their hands there wasn't anything that allowed them to do such."
Anders says the peppers could easily be contaminated through contact with
human waste or unwashed hands. The problem of agricultural contamination isn't
In the farming communities downstream from
Since salmonella lives on the skin of a plant and not inside it, Anders said a thorough washing should clean salmonella off any produce. If you want to be extra careful he says eat jalapenos that have been cooked, pickled, or pealed.
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