Posts Tagged ‘tomatoes and salmonella’

Salmonella from outbreak found on a Jalapeno pepper reports FDA

Monday, July 21st, 2008

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.


FDA says no Salmonella on domestic tomatoes, still warns to avoid peppers

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

You can now eat any type of domestically grown tomatoes so says the FDA .  They are still investigating serrano and jalapeno peppers.  The episode seems to be coming to an end with no answers and a lot of mad tomato farmers.

FDA salmonella update: could be tomatoes, could be peppers … the good news

Monday, July 14th, 2008

green jalapeno peppersby James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

Could all those tomatoes have been salmonella-free?

In their list of possible causes for the salmonella outbreak (now over 1,000 people), the FDA has added cilantro and jalapeno peppers to red plum, red roma and red round tomatoes. I have been racking my old brain to find some positive advice to give regarding this. So here goes.


Salmonella and Tomatoes: Why the outbreak shouldn’t stop you from eating them–right now!

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Tomatoes with stems are OK, says the Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D., C.D.E.

Suddenly, tomatoes are scary.

To those of you who have sworn off tomatoes and tomato products in light of the recent salmonella outbreak, please go back to eating tomatoes. Not the ones identified by the FDA as possibly problematic (plum, roma and big red tomatoes without the stem and grown in just a few locales), but any or all of the others. Salmonella-leery consumers are shunning this joy of summer. It seems all too common to go to extremes and give up this beautiful, juicy fruit all together.


tomatoes, salmonella and you

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

Don’t eat the tomatoes says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), our nation’s watchdog for such things.  If you do, you may get salmonella.  A couple of years ago it was spinach,  this year tomatoes.  What’s next?   Well, at least they are watching out for us and it will be temporary.

What types of tomatoes?  Roma, round red and plum.   Even if they are cooked, the FDA says no.  Personally I would not eat any unless they were grown directly by me, or someone I trust.  Even at farmer’s markets you have to be careful that they haven’t been bought from a third party just to sell.

How does this happen?  The FDA has a detailed description of how they found the source of the spinach e. coli outbreak at  The contamination could have occurred in the growing field (water, fertilizer, soil, animals), from the pickers, at storage, at transportation, at retail.  That’s just a short list, and I am sure I left out a lot.

What is Salmonella? It is a bacteria that causes diarrhea in humans.  It is found in some animals and humans and can live in dirt and water for months.  The diarrhea usually lasts for a few days and it gone, but it is easy to get dehydrated.  Some people get much sicker (septic) with the bacteria getting in their bloodstream.  Some have to be hospitalized.  As is in most of these types of illnesses, it can be serious in the very young, elderly or those without a good immune system.

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