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Salmonella Update: Not Just the Tomatoes Anymore!

If you've been avoiding tomatoes for fear of getting a salmonella infection then you're going to have to add serrano and jalapeno peppers, as well as cilantro to your "do not eat" list.

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the Food and Drug Administration has begun looking at serrano and jalapeno peppers and cilantro — basically the ingredients used to make salsa — as possible causes of the outbreak. Tomatoes continue to be investigated as well. With over a thousand folks infected at this point, some officials are calling this the worst foodborne illness outbreak in the US in a decade — yikes!

Me, I've starting eating tomatoes again, but I'm going to try to steer clear of the spicy peppers in question as well as the tasty herb. Most of you said you weren't avoiding tomatoes, so will you be avoiding the peppers and cilantro (perhaps even salsa) until this all is cleared up?


redsugar redsugar 9 years
I made fresh salsa tonght. I'll keep you posted.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
FYI for all of you with home gardens that grow herbs outside...recently here in Northern Virginia, 6 people got rushed to the emergency room and were in critical care because at first they thought the hers in the potato stew didn't have the pesticide washed off properly...turns out, it was because there was some jimsom weed (is used to make bella donna and is highly poisonous) had accidentally been included when the family pulled the herbs from their garden. It's more commonly found on farm or in fields, but make sure you know what you are pulling out and cooking before you do it!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I plan on eating my own cilantro and jalapenos from the garden, so I'm not terribly worried.
dameneko dameneko 9 years
nooooooo! i love fresh cilantro in my salads and chiles in my food. i heard about the chiles, but now cilantro, too? damn! i using more basil in the near future, methinks...
jasmint jasmint 9 years
Salsa is one of my favorite foods. Does this mean I should avoid it? I haven't yet decided.
sldc sldc 9 years
More of us died last year because of nearly everything other than salmonella. Pure hysteria. We should be mindful that everything has a risk and we should minimize the risks within reason. The bloated government agency in charge of this probe is just pointing fingers without any real evidence and has cost farmers millions. It is a shame so much food will go to rot at a time when the prices are already high. It would take major statistics to make me stop eating salsa and its ingredients singularly.
teacherturtle1 teacherturtle1 9 years
well.. how much of this is attributed to home preparation of these foods? i haven't followed the stories much on the news about all of this. maybe people aren't washing their hands. yeah it's tough to figure out what is really going on, but i don't eat out much unless i'm invited, but it seems from what i've read that cases are from eating out at restaurants. i used to work at burger king, and i was trained about all the safety measures, but if we were to be inspected on any day back then, we would probably fail miserably. i dare anyone to venture out back into any restaurant kitchen.. it might surprise you. maybe the news will bring more light to things and help make things safer
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
Damn i had fresh salsa yesterday! I won't have any trouble staying away from cilantro since it tastes like soap! Yuck!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
Hmmm....I made a tomatillo-pineapple salsa that uses both serrano chiles and cilantro...I broiled everything but the cilantro though prior to putting in the food processor (it goes with a roasted pork loin) so then I froze the salsa with the porkloinl...and I heat in the microwave 4-5 minutes to eat...I guess it's ok? I mean, I eaten 2 of the 3 servings and haven't gotten sick...but I picked this recip efrom my Mexican Light cookbook specifically because it didn't use tomatoes....
ElleJay ElleJay 9 years
this sucks! i was just about to make some homemade salsa again with jalapenos and cilantro... booo!
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
UGH - this is never ending. lucky for me i haven't had salsa in a while and i'll know now to steer clear - but that's just somewhat disconcerting to know that there are so many 'unknowns' out there.
Greentea1203 Greentea1203 9 years
No!! I use jalepenos and cilantro to make my lime fajitas :(
Lo-Lo291303 Lo-Lo291303 9 years
Cilantro tastes like poison to me anyway, so it won't be difficult to avoid it. I already do!
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