Tests Prove Link To Pepper In Salmonella Outbreak

Tests have shown that the same strain of salmonella that sickened more than 200 people in at least 42 states has been found in black pepper, but it's not clear if it's the only source of the outbreak.

Department of Health spokeswoman Annemarie Beardsworth said Wednesday that the results "strongly suggest" that black pepper is to blame for at least some of the illnesses.

Black pepper was used to coat salami at Daniele Inc., a meat company in Burrillville, Rhode Island. The company recalled more than 1 million pounds of salami last month after many of those who got sick reported they ate it.

But Beardsworth says about half the people sickened didn't eat any salami. She says federal officials are investigating whether any contaminated pepper was sold directly to consumers or used in prepared foods.


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  • by yikes on Feb 4, 2010 at 04:52 PM
    its like 'the jungle' all over again- read upton sinclairs novel. also watch 'food, inc' to see how much your food industry really loves you. there are no farms, only factories! check out 'kevin's law'. thankyou.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 4, 2010 at 04:51 AM
    Salami?Black Pepper?I rather eat skunk sitting in a Port-o-John.
  • by please post on Feb 4, 2010 at 04:00 AM
    i wrote nothing offensive, yet my post did not go through. so here goes AGAIN. the food industry is not concerned with your health, its the bottom line they are after. how does salmonella get in black pepper? runoff from disgusting animal farms, per 'okayheregoes'. why are we hearing about this now? this was last month, widespread (42 states), and 200 people sick. we ought to know if our black pepper is compromised! i think once salmonella is reported it ought to be tested for the source, people should come into your home and test if necessary. we had 3/5 of our family get salmonella during the peanut butter outbreak--before the 'recall' made the news. one of my kids almost died. no one tested anything, they told me to wash my hands better.
  • by okayheregoes on Feb 4, 2010 at 12:01 AM
    Uh, this story has some major flaws. I think some parts are missing. The media is making it sound like black pepper in general may be contaminated from the factory. No way. I would bet that the black pepper being used in the salami factory itself may have been contaminated during use with salmonella as employee cleanliness & food safety knowledge is at an all-time low in general. Someone dropped the ball on the coating line is my bet and contaminated the pepper coating mixture with dirty hands or tools (or salami even), not the pepper contaminated the salami initially.
  • by salmonella on Feb 3, 2010 at 09:26 PM
    you can get salmonella from about anything. salmonella is transmittable from the feces of an infected host--basically if you get salmonella, you are ingesting (maybe in very small quantities) feces. how feces got on black pepper, i dont know. perhaps runoff from a nearby chicken farm? its how they got into spinach. what i want to know is, 200 people, 42 states--LAST MONTH and this is the first im hearing about this?? glad i dont have any black pepper! for all who read check out 'kevin's law'. you can thank your food industry for caring so much about your health.
  • by SARAH Location: GOLDSBORO on Feb 3, 2010 at 07:34 PM
    SOUNDS BOGUS.... BIG COVERUP...BLACK PEPPER?? GET SERIOUS! A SPICE HAS NEVER BEEN BLAMED! IT WAS THE MEAT... MEATHEADS!!!!!!
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