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India's New Military Weapon: 'Ghost Chili'

Military will make mini hand grenades with it

(Newser) - The Indian military has a new weapon against terrorism: the world's hottest chili. Defense officials have decided to use the thumb-sized "bhut jolokia," or "ghost chili," to make tear-gas-like hand grenades to immobilize suspects. "The chili grenade has been found fit for use after trials... More »

Oft-Reviled, Green Peppers Get Seat at Table

Long thought inferior to reds, greens are finally getting respect from chefs

(Newser) - It looks so innocent, but foodies far and wide detest the green bell pepper. One veggie-loving chef has never served a green pepper in her restaurant; Alice Waters of Chez Panisse calls them “a mistake.” The sweeter red version traditionally gets all the love, but some are starting... More »

Salmonella Outbreak Likely Over: CDC

Peppers indeed carrier, agency finds, with Mexico farm a key player

(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... More »

US Jalapeños Are A-OK: FDA

Mexican peppers remain suspect in salmonella outbreak

(Newser) - Only jalapeño peppers grown in Mexico seem to be implicated in the nationwide salmonella outbreak, the FDA said today in clearing the US crop. Consumers should avoid raw Mexican jalapenos, the serrano peppers often confused with them, and dishes made with them such as fresh salsa, the agency said.... More »

Key Salmonella Strain Found in Jalapeño

Mexico-grown peppers in Texas plant contain bacteria behind case

(Newser) - Federal inspectors are urging people to avoid eating fresh jalapeños after discovering the same salmonella strain responsible for a nationwide food-poisoning epidemic in a Mexican-grown pepper in a Texas plant. Though the FDA says the finding is a “very important break in the case,” the Mexican jalapeñ... More »

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