Salmonella Outbreak Likely Over: CDC

Peppers indeed carrier, agency finds, with Mexico farm a key player
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 28, 2008 1:40 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today the salmonella outbreak that sickened more than 1,440 people appears to be over. A joint investigation by the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration found strong evidence that jalapeno peppers were a major carrier of the bacteria, and that serrano peppers were also a carrier.

The salmonella strain that caused the outbreak was traced back to a produce distribution center in Texas, and to a farm in Mexico that grew peppers. The extensive probe found no contaminated tomatoes, but investigators say they cannot rule out that tomatoes might have been a carrier, particularly early on. It was the largest outbreak of foodborne illness in the United States in the past decade.