Published: August 28, 2008
Source of Article: http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/08/28/america/salmonella.5-326740.php
At least 1,442 people suffered from the Saintpaul strain of salmonella from April to Aug. 25, and the infection may have contributed to two deaths, according to a report Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
jalapeno peppers were a "major" cause, serrano
peppers contributed and tomatoes "possibly were a
vehicle, particularly early in the outbreak," according to the CDC
report, which reiterated comments by health officials. Lawmakers and tomato
growers have complained that the
"We're cautiously optimistic that the outbreak is over," said Robert Tauxe, deputy director of the CDC's Division of Food-borne, Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases. "The numbers that have been reported in recent weeks are down to what we might expect at this time of year anyway."
Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that consumers could safely eat raw
jalapeno and serrano peppers from
The FDA, whose field investigation has concluded, would continue monitoring imports, he said.
On July 17, the FDA had lifted earlier warnings against eating tomatoes, saying any that may have been contaminated were no longer being sold.
The FDA, which worked with the CDC in the investigation and sought to trace the origin of the tainted produce, never found contaminated tomatoes. A government study, conducted soon after the wave of sickness began, implicated tomatoes as a likely cause. Health officials still would not rule out tomatoes and may never know for certain whether they played a role, Tauxe said.
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