As you probably know, the FDA found a jalapeno pepper contaminated with the same genetic match of the salmonella strain that has caused the recent outbreak of over 1200 cases in 43 states. The pepper was found at a distribution center in Texas and was grown on a farm in Mexico. So is that the end of the story? Not yet.
The scientists at the FDA don’t think that finding this one pepper can explain the entire epidemic, nor put an end to it. They are going back through all of the points of the supply chain from the Mexican farm to the Texas distribution center to find the exact source of contamination. Then, when they find that source, they will shut it down so it can’t branch out elsewhere. A recall won’t eliminate all of the contaminated peppers that are, now, available to consumers so they advise to not to eat raw jalapeno or serrano peppers, or any foods containing these.
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