Salmonella Found In Jalapeno Peppers

The food and drug administration is warning people not to eat fresh jalapeno peppers. Government inspectors have found salmonella in a Mexican-grown jalapeno in a Texas plant.

They say it's the same strain of salmonella responsible for a nationwide food-poisoning outbreak that has sickened more than 1,200 people.

Inspectors have been looking for the source of the outbreak for months.
The FDA is calling this latest discovery a "very important break in the case."

The warning does not apply to jalapeno peppers that have been pickled and processed, just fresh jalapenos.

Although the infected jalapeno was picked in Mexico, it does not mean Mexican jalapenos are the culprit. Health officials say it may have been contaminated some place else.

Initially the focus for the salmonella outbreakwas on tomatoes, but just last week, the FDA lifted its warning about tomatoes and said they're safe to eat again.

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  • by Cactus Location: Strabane, NC on Jul 22, 2008 at 04:36 PM
    Man, I can do without lots of things, but not jalapenos.
  • by Midge on Jul 22, 2008 at 05:03 AM
    Don't drink the water or eat the peppers either!

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