Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Continuing Salmonella Investigation Moves Beyond Tomatoes
Article in the Wall Street Journal -- Salmonella Probe Looks Beyond Tomatoes, by Jane Zhang and Julie Jargon. Here's an excerpt:
With the number of salmonella victims still climbing, federal regulators are widening their investigation to include other fresh produce commonly consumed with tomatoes.
David Acheson, the Food and Drug Administration's associate commissioner for foods, said the agency is enlisting help from state and local labs to test a wider range of foods for the rare, virulent salmonella strain dubbed Saintpaul. He declined to specify which new products the FDA is focusing on.
The agency's move comes as the FDA is under growing pressure to step up efforts to trace the source of the contamination. Last week, the agency said it might not be able to pinpoint the source given the complexity of the nation's food-supply chain, frustrating industry groups representing the produce, supermarket and restaurant industries.