July 2008

The first lawsuit stemming from the Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 1319 people, hospitalized 255 and caused the death of 2 in 43 states, the District of Columbia and Canada was filed today in the District Court of Montezuma County, Colorado.

The complaint was filed on behalf of Delores, Colorado resident Brian Grubbs against Wal-Mart

As we go into the weekend, we know more than at anytime since the start of the Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak.  We know the source of the outbreak is jalapeño peppers grown, harvested or packed in Mexico.  We know jalapeño and Serrano peppers grown in the USA are safe to eat, be they raw, canned, pickled or cooked.

We know the outbreak is not over, but its winding down.   The latest onset of the illness was July 10th.   That date bumped forward by a week during the last couple of days.  The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) explained how responsibility has been pinned on Mexico.   According to FDA:

Additional traceback information obtained this week indicates that the Agricola Zaragoza plant in McAllen, Texas—from where the positive jalapeño pepper sample was taken—have determined that the Texas plant was not the original source of the contamination.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) said the number of confirmed cases as of late July 24 stood at 1,294.  CDC said 31 people became ill between July 1 and 11.  The outbreak falls just five states short of covering the entire "Lower 48" states.  We think the CDC’s epidemic curve shows the outbreak in its winding down stage.


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Jalapeno Peppers  distributed since June 30th by Agricola Zaragoza, Inc. to customers in Georgia and Texas are being recalled because sampling by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) found these Jalapenos are contaminated with the same strain of Salmonella Saintpaul that is responsible for the current Salmonella outbreak.

The Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak has contributed

Only showing how our food system is truly global, today, US government inspectors have found Salmonella Saintpaul, the strain responsible for a nationwide food-poisoning outbreak, in Mexican-grown jalapenos in a Texas plant, prompting a new warning for consumers to avoid eating fresh jalapenos.

However, the FDA continues to say that it doesn’t mean Mexican jalapenos

According to the CDC since April, 1237 persons infected genetic fingerprint have been identified in 43 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. These were identified because clinical laboratories in all states send Salmonella strains from ill persons to their State public health laboratory for characterization. One new state, Montana, reported a case. The number

The State of North Carolina has forced the recall of Mexican-grown HASS avocados and jalapenos of unknown origin after they tested positive for Salmonella.

Two samples from a Charlotte, NC food distributor tested positive for salmonella. The state asked the company to recall jalapeno peppers and HASS avocados it received from a specific Texas

ABC News just reported:

 The U.S. government has declared it’s OK to eat tomatoes again, lifting its salmonella warning amid signs that the outbreak — while not over — may finally be slowing.

Officials reiterated earlier warnings that the people most at risk of salmonella should avoid hot peppers — jalapenos and serranos.

The government