FDA Extends Food Poisoning Warning to Serrano Peppers from Mexico

On July 30, 2008, the FDA issued another food poisoning warning as a result of the recent salmonella outbreak which has sickened over 1,200 people in the United States, urging consumers to avoid raw serrano peppers from Mexico.

Earlier warnings were issued for raw jalapeno peppers grown and harvested on Mexican farms. Testing has now shown that serrano peppers and irrigation water from a farm in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, were also contaminated with the Salmonella Saintpaul, which is the same strain of bacteria which has been the common genetic fingerprint in the outbreak.

A nationwide jalapeno recall was issued two weeks ago after a sample of jalapeno pepper collected from Agricola Zaragoza’s small produce-distribution plant in McAllen, Texas, was found to be contaminated with Salmonella Saintpaul. The jalapeno peppers were traced back to a Mexican farm, but it was a different farm from the one where investigators indentified contaminated samples of irrigation water and serrano peppers.

Did You Know?

Millions of Philips CPAP Machines Recalled

Philips DreamStation, CPAP and BiPAP machines sold in recent years may pose a risk of cancer, lung damage and other injuries.

Learn More

The FDA is still attempting to determine exactly where and how the contaminated peppers got into the U.S. food supply chain. Investigations into the cause of the salmonella outbreak have involved tracing of complex distribution channels, evaluation and inspection of farms in the U.S. and Mexico, and testing product and environmental samples.

The “>Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak has resulted in confirmed cases of food poisoning in 43 different states. Salmonellosis is a bacterial infection of the gastrointestinal tract which results from the consumption of contaminated food. Symptoms can include abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting. The very young, the elderly and those who are immunocompromised are at the greatest risk of more severe forms of the illness, which may become fatal if the bacteria leaves the intestines and enters the bloodstream.

The first warning related to the Salmonella outbreak was issued by the FDA on June 7, when they urged consumers to avoid certain types of raw red tomatoes. Although tomatoes have not been cleared from any involvement in the outbreak, the FDA did issue a follow up statement on July 17 indicating that all tomatoes that are currently in stores are safe.

Image Credit: |


Share Your Comments

I authorize the above comments be posted on this page*

Want your comments reviewed by a lawyer?

To have an attorney review your comments and contact you about a potential case, provide your contact information below. This will not be published.

NOTE: Providing information for review by an attorney does not form an attorney-client relationship.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

More Top Stories

Fairness of Philips CPAP Recall Settlement Being Evaluated By MDL Judge
Fairness of Philips CPAP Recall Settlement Being Evaluated By MDL Judge (Posted yesterday)

A federal judge has held a fairness hearing for a proposed Philips CPAP class action lawsuit settlement, which seeks to resolve claims that consumers suffered economic damages due to the massive recall over toxic sound abatement foam.