FDA Tests Cilantro, Peppers for Salmonella
Tomatoes Are Still a Suspect in the Salmonella Outbreak, Says FDA
July 7, 2008 -- The FDA is testing cilantro, jalapeno peppers, and Serrano
peppers, as well as tomatoes, to find the source of the salmonella outbreak that has
sickened at least 943 people in 40 states and Washington, D.C.
The FDA began testing cilantro, jalapeno peppers, and Serrano peppers within
the past few days. Jalapeno peppers and Serrano peppers are hot peppers that
are often used in salsa.
But the FDA hasn't made any recommendations about eating -- or avoiding --
cilantro, jalapeno peppers, and Serrano peppers. For now, the
FDA's advice to consumers is still all about tomatoes.
Last week, the FDA announced that it was broadening its search for the
source of the outbreak beyond tomatoes. At the time, FDA officials declined to
get specific about what other types of produce they were probing, except that
those items were commonly eaten with tomatoes.