Sunday, July 06, 2008

More salmonella cases

The following is from the Chicago Times
More salmonella cases reported
943 ILNESSES REPORTED FDA checking peppers, cilantro as well as tomatoes
WASHINGTON -- The government on Saturday increased the number of people reported being sickened in a record salmonella outbreak in which tomatoes are the leading suspect.

There have been 943 reported cases nationwide, with at least 130 hospitalizations since mid-April after the first salmonella illnesses appeared, the Food and Drug Administration said Saturday.
There have been 225 cases reported since June 1 -- evidence that the source likely has not been contained.

More than a third of all cases have been in Texas, though illnesses have been reported in 40 states.

The FDA also said it had begun looking at jalapeno peppers as a possible cause of the outbreak, as well as ingredients used to make salsa such as cilantro and Serrano peppers. Tomatoes continue to be investigated as well, spokeswoman Stephanie Kwisnek said.
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Jalapenos May Be Salmonella Culprit With 943 Ill, NC -
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