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Creighton University School of Law

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Salmonella Outbreak Is Over, Federal Health Officials Say

The Wall Street Journal reports that the CDC has stated the salmonella scare that started in May is now over. The Wall Street Journal writes,

JalapenoThe Centers for Disease Control says the salmonella outbreak that sickened more than 1,440 people appears to be over.

A joint investigation by CDC and the Food and Drug Administration found strong evidence that jalapeno peppers were a major carrier of the bacteria, and that serrano peppers were also a carrier. The salmonella strain that caused the outbreak was traced back to a produce distribution center in Texas, and to a farm in Mexico that grew peppers.

The extensive probe found no contaminated tomatoes, but investigators say they cannot rule out that tomatoes might have been a carrier, particularly early on.

It was the largest outbreak of food-borne illness in the U.S. in the past decade.

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