Tomatoes OK, FDA Says

Salmonella warning is lifted, though investigation continues
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 17, 2008 3:20 PM CDT
Workers stand with crates of tomatoes at the Central de Abastos market in Mexico City.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The US government has declared it's OK to eat tomatoes again, lifting its salmonella warning amid signs that the outbreak, while not over, may finally be slowing. Officials reiterated earlier warnings that the people most at risk of salmonella should avoid hot peppers, particularly jalapenos and serranos. The Food and Drug Administration is sending inspectors to Mexico to investigate a packing house that receives peppers from a number of farms.

The government still doesn't know just what caused the salmonella outbreak, and today's move doesn't mean tomatoes are cleared. Early on, there was good evidence linking them to the sick, but it's unlikely that any field where tomatoes were harvested in April and May still is in production. Among later illnesses, there seems to be more evidence against peppers.