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2008-07-28 00:00:14

By Lauran Neergaard The Associated Press WASHINGTON - It was a hot lead for detectives on a cold case. People suddenly were getting salmonella at a Minnesota restaurant more than 1,000 miles from the center of the nation's outbreak. Not my tomatoes, protested the manager. He'd switched his supply to government-cleared fresh tomatoes and even canned ones. But a lot of his menu items had a raw jalapeno garnish sprinkled on top, and that turned out to be a critical clue in the two-month...

2008-07-27 06:00:12

By Elaine Walker, The Miami Herald Jul. 27--This summer's salmonella outbreak could go down as the national food supply's biggest unsolved mystery. Instead of a smoking gun, the only clue is a single tainted jalapeno pepper with the rare strain of Salmonella Saintpaul found at a Texas produce distribution center. The difficulty in finding answers to one of the nation's most complicated and longest-running food-borne-illness cases has turned a spotlight on the beleaguered Food and Drug...

2008-07-24 00:00:03

MINNEAPOLIS _ In less than two weeks, Minnesota Department of Health investigators traced the source of a mysterious salmonella outbreak that had stumped federal health officials for two months and sickened more than 1,200 people in 43 states and Canada. The culprit: jalapeno peppers. Federal officials had focused on tomatoes as the source of the salmonella, causing restaurants and stores to pull tomatoes and severely hurting tomato farmers in suspect areas. While tomatoes haven't been...

2008-07-23 21:00:32

By Jim Downing SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Was slicing tomatoes from our menus worth it? More than 1,200 people in 42 states now have been sickened by a rare strain of salmonella bacteria carried on tomatoes - or maybe hot peppers. Or maybe both. Federal investigators on Thursday said they still aren't sure but declared all tomatoes now on the market safe to eat. Americans have continued to get sick - at a rate of about 20 people per day - even after the Food and Drug Administration's June 7...

2008-07-23 03:00:45

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, might 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 might contain them, such as fresh salsa, federal health...

2008-07-23 03:00:45

WASHINGTON - Government inspectors finally have a big clue in the nationwide salmonella outbreak: They found the same bacteria on a single Mexican-grown jalapeno pepper handled by a small Texas produce shipper. But Monday's discovery doesn't solve the mystery: Authorities don't know where the pepper became tainted - on the farm, or in the plant in McAllen, Texas, or at some stop in between. Nor are they saying the tainted pepper exonerates tomatoes sold earlier in the spring that...

2008-07-23 00:00:36

By ANNYS SHIN WASHINGTON - Federal officials investigating a three-month-old salmonella outbreak have isolated the bacteria in a jalapeno pepper from a small distribution facility in McAllen, Texas, and warned consumers nationwide to avoid eating raw jalapenos or products that contain them until more is known. Investigators found the contaminated jalapeno at Agricola Zaragosa in McAllen, after tracing back jalapenos eaten by restaurant patrons who got sick. The company has stopped...

2008-07-22 03:00:32

A food-borne salmonella outbreak so far has sickened more than 1,220 people in 42 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Source: unknown. Weeks after the Food and Drug Administration issued its first warning, it still isn't certain what in the nation's food supply is carrying the potentially deadly bacteria, much less where it is coming from. And not for lack of trying. Tracing the salmonella to its source is proving to be an overwhelming task. It needn't be. It shouldn't be. "The...

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...


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