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2008-07-22 00:00:30

WASHINGTON _ Call it the smoking jalapeno. After nearly two months of mystery, the Food and Drug Administration has finally identified a piece of produce _ a jalapeno pepper _ that is contaminated with the same strain of salmonella that has sickened 1,237 people in 43 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. The bad pepper was grown in Mexico and found at a packing company in McAllen, Texas, just a few miles from the Mexican border. It's the first piece of produce the agency has found...

2008-07-22 00:00:30

By Stephen J. Hedges and Michael Martinez SANTA YNEZ, Calif. - This year was shaping up to be a good one for farmer Ernesto Ramirez, who will harvest 80 acres of jalapeno and serrano peppers in two weeks. Not only was his crop good, but Ramirez had taken expensive steps to ensure that it remained that way, hiring an outside agency to certify his worker training and the cleanliness of his land and water. Last week came word, though, that peppers like the ones Ramirez grows have been...

2008-07-21 15:00:13

WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's OK to eat all kinds of tomatoes again, the U.S. declared Thursday -- lifting its salmonella warning amid signs that the record outbreak, although not over, may finally be slowing. Hot peppers still get a caution: The people most at risk of salmonella -- including the elderly and people with weak immune systems -- should avoid fresh jalapenos and serranos, and any dishes that may contain them such as fresh salsa, federal health officials advised. Investigators...

2008-07-20 15:00:12

The latest outbreak of salmonella poisoning has proved devilishly hard to contain. The source remains a mystery: Investigators at first blamed fresh tomatoes; more recently, they have focused on jalapeno peppers and possibly cilantro. The outbreak, which has gone on for three months and sickened 1,000 people, is the largest produce-linked salmonella eruption ever recorded in the United States. Cases have turned up in some 40 states, with particularly high numbers in Texas. Three Rhode Island...

2008-07-20 00:00:12

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - The tomato scare might be over, but it has taken a toll - it's cost the industry an estimated $100 million and left millions of people with a new wariness about the safety of everyday foods.An Associated Press-Ipsos poll finds that nearly half of consumers have changed their eating and buying habits in the past six months because they're afraid they could get sick by eating contaminated food.They also overwhelmingly support setting up a better...

2008-07-18 18:00:11

By Lauran Neergaard WASHINGTON - The big dark cloud no longer hangs over the tomato. No more wondering what types are safe to eat or if you're buying them from the right state. The government gave the all-clear Thursday to eat all varieties of tomatoes again, lifting its salmonella warning amid signs that the record outbreak, while not over, may finally be slowing. That's not to say that tomatoes weren't responsible in the first place - ones harvested earlier may have been, the Food and...

2008-07-18 15:00:12

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON It's OK to eat all kinds of tomatoes again, the U.S. government declared Thursday lifting its salmonella warning on the summer favorites amid signs that the record outbreak, while not over, may finally be slowing. Hot peppers still get a caution: The people most at risk of salmonella including the elderly and people with weak immune systems should avoid fresh jalapenos and serranos, and any dishes that may contain them such as fresh salsa, federal...

2008-07-18 15:00:12

By Stacey Eidson, The Bradenton Herald, Fla. Jul. 18--Tomatoes are officially safe to eat again. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration lifted its warning to consumers nationwide Thursday concerning tomatoes and an outbreak of salmonella. Federal health officials also announced they have found no evidence of the unusual strain of salmonella, called Saintpaul, at any Florida tomato sites during the recent investigation. "We are lifting the tomato warning, and we believe consumers can...

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2008-07-18 07:30:00

Red, juicy tomatoes on salad, pizza, and hamburgers are once again safe to eat, according to the U.S. government who said Thursday the record salmonella outbreak is slowing down. The Food and Drug administration warned that while tomatoes may be ok to consume, hot peppers are now under scrutiny for causing salmonella. Elderly and people with weak immune systems are warned to avoid fresh Serrano's and jalapenos plus any dishes that contain fresh salsa. Government investigators have not...

2008-07-18 06:00:39

By Elaine Walker, The Miami Herald Jul. 18--Consumers can start eating all types of tomatoes again without worries about getting sick. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday lifted its salmonella warnings on tomatoes, while advising at risk consumers to limit their consumption of fresh jalapeno and serrano peppers. The warning applies to infants, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems. The FDA's decision is a step in the right direction for Florida tomato growers,...