Skip to comments.Salmonella Illness Toll Tops 1,000; Officials Eye Jalapeno Peppers
Posted on 07/09/2008 4:13:14 PM PDT by Pinkbell
WASHINGTON -- More than 1,000 people have become sick in the salmonella outbreak originally blamed on tomatoes, and federal health officials now say jalapeno peppers appear more likely to be at fault, at least in three large clusters of illnesses.
The outbreak has caused the death of a Texas man in his 80s, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. The agency said the outbreak may also have contributed to the death of another Texas man, who had cancer.
As of Tuesday, 1,017 people -- from 41 states, the District of Columbia and Canada -- had become sick from the rare salmonella strain dubbed Saintpaul, the CDC said. The first patient became sick on April 10 and the last, on June 26. The latest figure is an increase from the 943 cases that were reported as of July 3.
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...on a steeek...
Darn it, you beat me to it.
Yes, I think Mexican products are the cause.
Heard somewhere that jalepenos somehow provide a better medium for salmonella growth than many other vegetables, though it wasn’t explained why.
Anyone want to bet these peppers are or aren’t from Mexico?
>>>>>Yes, I think Mexican products are the cause.
Shhhh.... that’s a secret.
originally blamed on tomatoes....jalapeno peppers appear more likely to be at fault
It appears to me that the CBC doesn’t know exactly what is causing the deaths or illnesses of the public. First, they said coffee was no good for you, now they say it is. Secondly, unless a person is allergic to something, if it’s consumed in moderation, it most likely won’t bother you. In excess, everything is bad for you, including water. Drowning??? (laugh inserted here) Americans need to watch what they eat and do it in moderation. Plain and simple.
Great minds think alike....on a steeeeeeeeeek!
Tomato producers were hit hard. A few days ago it was thought to be from salsa...now jalapenos? I realize they must investigate by patterns but it’s getting ridiculous. All over, restaurants are posting no tomatoes...no salsa. No peppers will probably be up tomorrow. The ironic thing is that they are inadvertently going to make money by not having to purchase produce, unless they are giving the public a discount and when I ask I’m told ...no change in price.
everyone seems to be afraid to say it
I grow my own peppers and tomatoes, and I pick them myself so I don’t have to worry about a bunch of illegal aliens crapping and pissing on them. No salmonella here!
It may be a Mexico agriculture problem or it might be something else. Not to be an alarmist but it would be probably easy for a “bad” person to contaminate our food. I suppose that we would never hear about it if that were so though.
If it is like the spinach outbreak, they will issue vague after vague statement. Because it was not some farmer to blame, but a big business that was washing and packaging the greens, a process that caused cross-contamination. That business will be protected “for the sake of business.”
I suspect here too a single source point is the culprit. Are jalapenos packaged so? What about cilantro too?
At first not everyone was selling tomatoes, but some restaurants still did. Tumbleweed said they get their tomatoes from California, and their tomatoes were not affected. I didn’t eat the two slices in my salad just in case. I had a salad at Olive Garden the other night, and tomatoes were in it.
If it is preparation related...I would look for chicken processing in the near area.
You pay for tomatoes in your salad. Did Olive Garden give you a discount?
Food technologist Yaguang Luo and plant pathologist James McEvoy collect a sample of sanitized fresh-cut cilantro from a produce washer.
maybe they oughta
radiate all of our food?