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FDA: Do Not Consume Mexican Jalapenos

July 30, 2008

Only jalapeno peppers grown in Mexico seem to be implicated in the nationwide salmonella outbreak, the government announced yesterday in clearing the U.S. crop. The Food and Drug Administration urged consumers to avoid raw Mexican jalapenos and the serrano peppers often confused with them, or dishes made with them such as fresh salsa.

The big break in an outbreak that now has sickened nearly 1,300 people came on Monday, when FDA announced it had found the same strain of salmonella responsible for the outbreak on a single Mexican-grown jalapeno in a south Texas produce warehouse.

Tomatoes had been the prime suspect for weeks. And while those now on the market are considered safe to eat, health officials still haven’t exonerated them from causing illnesses when the outbreak began in April.

Friday’s move clearing U.S. peppers came because clusters of illnesses around the country all seem to be tracing back to Mexican jalapenos, though not all sold through the McAllen, Texas, produce warehouse.

Originally published by The Associated Press.

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