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2008-08-20 00:00:29

By The Associated Press FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Federal inspectors at U.S. border crossings repeatedly turned back filthy, disease-ridden shipments of peppers from Mexico in the months before a salmonella outbreak that sickened 1,400 people was finally traced to Mexican chilies.Yet no larger action was taken. Food and Drug Administration officials insisted as recently as last week that they were surprised by the outbreak because Mexican peppers had not been spotted as a problem before.But an...

2008-08-19 21:00:00

FRESNO, Calif. - Federal inspectors at U.S. border crossings repeatedly turned back filthy, disease-ridden shipments of peppers from Mexico in the months before a salmonella outbreak that sickened 1,400 people was finally traced to Mexican chilies. Yet no larger action was taken. Food and Drug Administration officials insisted as recently as last week that they were surprised by the outbreak because Mexican peppers had not been spotted as a problem before. An analysis of FDA records,...

2008-08-13 15:00:36

A U.S.-led international team of scientists has solved a long-standing evolutionary mystery involving the spicy hotness of chili peppers. University of Florida Professor Douglas Levey, one of the researchers, said a plant creates fruit to entice animals to eat and disperse its seeds. Therefore, said Levey, it doesn't make sense for that fruit to be painfully hot. Now the study led by Assistant Professor Joshua Tewksbury of the University of Washington has discovered the reason is a fungus...

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2008-08-12 09:12:59

People who love the kick of hot peppers are seeing one of the earliest examples of chemical warfare. It's a battle between their beloved peppers, and a fungus that destroys seeds.  On Tuesday, researchers released a report in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on the wild peppers they studied in Bolivia. Peppers use fats and sugar to attract birds which disperse their seeds, while fungi, who also like fats and sugar, tries to destroy the seeds. "For these wild chilies the...

2008-07-30 12:00:57

By Amanda Schoenberg Journal Staff Writer As the government connects the dots between raw jalapeo peppers and a salmonella outbreak that has sickened nearly 1,300 people, New Mexico cooks may worry about that batch of homemade salsa in the refrigerator. But New Mexico growers and consumers can breathe easier after the Food and Drug Administration confirmed last week that no domestic peppers have been linked to the bacteria scare. The salmonella contamination is limited to jalapeos grown...

2008-07-30 03:00:34

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...

2008-07-29 09:00:00

By Ramon Renteria, El Paso Times, Texas Jul. 29--SAN ELIZARIO -- Rodolfo Stewart recently stopped at Baldo's Produce roadside stand along Socorro Road to stock up on fruit and vegetables. This day, Stewart bypassed the crate containing jalapeno peppers. "I don't buy the jalapeno that much anymore because it's been advertised that it's making people sick," Stewart said. Stewart, a retired Asarco supervisor from the Lower Valley, is among El Paso-area consumers, retailers, wholesalers...

2008-07-29 09:00:54

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said U.S.-grown jalapeno and Serrano peppers are not connected with the current Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak. But the FDA said it advises consumers to avoid eating raw jalapeno peppers -- as well as foods that contains them -- if they were grown, harvested or packed in Mexico. In addition to domestically grown raw jalapeno peppers, commercially canned, pickled and cooked jalapeno peppers from any and all geographic locations also are not connected...

2008-07-28 12:15:00

By Cornelia De Bruin New Mexico Department of Agriculture assures the state's residents no link exists between the latest Salmonella saintpaul outbreak and this area's jalapeno peppers. Safeway pulled the peppers from its stores, as did Smith's Food and Drug. Jalapenos are available at Wal-Mart, however. "FDA's investigation has not indicated any affiliation with the chile industry in New Mexico," states a press release from the Las Cruces-based organization. "... considering a majority of...

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2008-07-26 12:00:00

WASHINGTON -- Only jalapeno peppers grown in Mexico are implicated in the nationwide salmonella outbreak, the government announced Friday 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. But the big question is how those who love hot peppers would know where the chilies came from, especially in restaurant food. "You're going to have to...