July 31, 2008

FDA Warns Against Eating Mexican Peppers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to eat raw serrano or jalapeno peppers grown in Mexico, as well as any foods containing them.

The FDA said laboratory testing has confirmed both serrano peppers and irrigation water from a Mexican farm in the state of Nuevo Leon contain Salmonella saintpaul with the same genetic makeup as the strain that has caused a salmonella outbreak in the United States.

The FDA is still analyzing many of the samples taken at various farms in Mexico, the federal agency said in a statement. If laboratory results warrant, the FDA will provide consumers with additional cautions or warnings necessary to protect their health.