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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 06:00:15

By Jim Downing, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 18--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...

2008-07-14 21:00:23

By Tiffany Thompson, The Stanly News & Press, Albemarle, N.C. Jul. 14--While no known cases have been reported locally, the salmonella outbreak that has affected the nation should still be a concern, according to health officials. With the number of reported cases jumping to more than 1,000 individuals nationwide, federal officials announced Wednesday that Jalapenos and serrano peppers would also be added to the list of possible culprits. Tomatoes are no longer the sole suspect in...

2008-07-12 12:00:06

By Georgina Gustin, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 12--At least four people who ate at a Mexican restaurant in Jefferson County contracted a rare strain of salmonella that has sickened more than 1,000 people in a prolonged nationwide outbreak. Officials said Friday that investigators from the county, state and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were probing the cases, which are linked to a single restaurant. They would not, however, identify the restaurant, saying it...

2008-07-12 03:00:21

By Ashley Meeks, Las Cruces Sun-News, N.M. Jul. 12--To read the latest news release from the Food and Drug Administration on the salmonella outbreak, click here. LAS CRUCES -- James Ditmore has no regrets about the jalapeno pizza he enjoyed Wednesday night. "People should eat green chiles and jalapenos every day. They're healthy for you and full of vitamin C," said Ditmore, a Las Cruces marketing specialist with the Department of Agriculture. That's despite an updated federal...

2008-07-11 15:00:00

The so-far fruitless investigation of a nationwide salmonella outbreak would make for a fascinating whodunit if it weren't harming so many people. In the event, it's just the most striking evidence yet that the federal government is profoundly unqualified to police our international trade in produce. Last time there was this much confusion about tomatoes, it was in a popular song about regional pronunciation quirks. This tomato mix- up has been less amusing, leaving growers with...

2008-07-10 09:00:56

By DEBORAH RAMIREZ By Deborah Ramirez South Florida Sun-Sentinel Nine-time Grammy winner Eddie Palmieri has reigned as a true mambo king for 50 years, absorbing the sounds of Puerto Rico and New York into his particular fusion of salsa and jazz. Yet Palmieri rarely uses the word "salsa" - a misnomer, in his opinion - to describe what he does. "Unfortunately, the term was created to generalize all these great dance rhythms that have their own proper names - mambo, chachacha, rumba,...

2008-07-10 00:00:02

WASHINGTON _ Salmonella poisoning has sickened more than 1,000 people in 41 states, the District of Columbia and Canada, and federal health officials have now linked jalapeno and serrano peppers to the outbreak. Illinois has reported 100 salmonella-related illnesses, the second highest total among affected states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and 26 state residents have been hospitalized. Texas and New Mexico, where the outbreak was first detected, have 384...

2008-07-08 12:00:05

BRADENTON, Fla. _ Main ingredients in fresh salsa such as jalapeno, cilantro and Serrano peppers have become the lead suspects in a salmonella outbreak initially blamed on certain types of raw tomatoes. When the investigation began more than two months ago, the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an advisory, warning consumers against eating raw red plum, red Roma and round red tomatoes unless they were grown and harvested in states that appeared on...


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