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Biggest Headline of 2008: The Salmonella Scare

Feasting on tomatoes this Summer seemed a bit like playing Russian Roulette. In early June reports of tomatoes contaminated with salmonella made headlines. The contamination grew like a virus in an incubator. First we learned that the tainted tomatoes were in 16 states, but the number rapidly increased to include 30 states.

As the FDA investigated the salmonella outbreak, serrano and jalapeno peppers as well as cilantro were added to the list of suspicious foods. Suddenly salsa just seemed off-limits, and around 1,500 cases of salmonella were reported overall. Tracking down the source of the infection proved difficult. International borders were involved, and tomatoes, peppers, and cilantro are often sold without tags. Plus, by the time a person becomes symptomatic, the tainted produce is no longer around to test. Ultimately, a possible source was found on a couple farms in Mexico when irrigation water and serrano peppers tested positive for the strain of salmonella. Mexico strongly disagreed with the FDA's findings and the case is not completely closed, but food safety continues to concern many Americans.

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Spectra Spectra 7 years
LOL, Marlovestar...I saw a Carlos Mencia show where he talked about the Salmonella outbreak. He imitated a farm worker sorting out green onions: "Oh, wait, this case is going to Taco Bell? The gringo fast food place? I'll give them a little extra something special then". Then he pretends like he's wiping his butt with the onions and throwing them back in the case. Totally not true, but pretty damn funny.
gabiushka gabiushka 7 years
Conclusion: the FDA is full of it.
said8me said8me 7 years
i'm not a fan of tomatoes anyway, so it was no big deal to me. ;)
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I had almost forgotten about this. Strange considering I didn't eat tomatoes for months because of it.
Marlovestar Marlovestar 7 years
I found it a strange coincidence this past summer that this all went down while the trouble with the Mexican boarder situation was going on. Far fetched I know, but still makes you think.
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