FDA: Don't Eat Mexican Serrano Peppers
FDA Finds Salmonella Outbreak Strain in Irrigation Water and on Serrano Pepper on Mexican Farm
July 30, 2008 -- The FDA today warned against eating raw Mexican serrano
peppers, raw Mexican jalapeno peppers, and any foods that contain them because
of an ongoing salmonella outbreak.
The FDA issued that advice today after finding Salmonella saintpaul,
the salmonella outbreak strain that has sickened at least 1,307 people since
April, on a serrano pepper and in the irrigation water of a farm in Nuevo Leon,
Earlier this month, the FDA found a jalapeno pepper -- grown in Mexico and
sent to a distribution center in McAllen, Texas -- that was tainted with
Salmonella saintpaul. It's not clear if that pepper got contaminated on
the farm or futher down the food supply chain.
Jalapeno and serrano peppers grown in the U.S. are fine to eat,
according to the FDA.
Tomatoes, the first suspect in the salmonella outbreak, are also safe. FDA
and CDC officials haven't backed off their early suspicions of tomatoes, and
they haven't ruled out the possibility that the salmonella strain may have
started in tomatoes and moved to peppers.