Salmonella Found in Jalapeno’s….from Mexico

21 07 2008

So, the FDA may have screwed over tomato growers.   The same strain of salmonella was found on a jalapeno pepper imported from Mexico.

The Food and Drug Administration has found salmonella bacteria on a jalapeño pepper imported from Mexico and warned consumers Monday not to eat fresh jalapeños and products made with fresh jalapeños.

The bacteria was found at a distribution center in McAllen, Texas. Investigators are not yet certain where the bacteria originated.

The strain of bacteria is Salmonella Saintpaul, which has sickened more than 1,200 people since April, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To save their ass, the FDA still hasn’t declared that tomatoes weren’t the source of the original outbreak, but they’re confident tomatoes in the fields now are safe to eat.  The investigation continues at the Agricola Zaragosa plant in Texas where the salmonella was found.  It’s funny that no other food in the plant was found to have the salmonella and the FDA isn’t sure how the peppers get from Mexico to the US yet

The Texas plant, Agricola Zaragosa, has agreed to recall its fresh jalapenos, although the FDA wouldn’t say how widely its produce was distributed. It is not considered a major processor, and it’s unclear how far into the United States peppers traveling through this small stop near the Mexican border would have traveled, something the FDA still is working to determine.

It’s also not clear if the produce distributor ever handled tomatoes. No other produce currently in the plant has tested positive for salmonella, Acheson said.

“I recognize there is a need to narrow this as soon as possible,” Acheson added — as parts of the country are entering prime hot pepper season.

WHY?!  Why is there any question of how these peppers got in the States? Why wasn’t there an immediate answer of where these peppers come from?  Why is this company in business if they don’t know who has handled the peppers before they arrive at the plant?   Too many questions.

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21 07 2008
Noneya

“Watching the FDA trip over its own clumsy self while groping for answers on Salmonella is a sad affair. Following the FDA-encouraged destruction of tens of millions of dollars of perfectly good tomatoes, this confused, bewildered agency admits that tomatoes may not have been the problem after all, and it has now set its sights on destroying the peppers industry. Is there no vegetable safe from the destruction of the FDA?

Tomatoes don’t harbor salmonella, by the way. Neither do peppers, onions, cilantro or spinach. Salmonella only festers in factory-farmed animals, folks, and that means the real source of contamination is no doubt some animal factory upstream from the vegetable processing centers. So why isn’t the FDA going after the animal factories that likely caused this whole fiasco? Because making Americans scared of their vegetables is a great way to advance the FDA’s food irradiation agenda which would destroy virtually all the medicinal phytonutrients in plants.”

If you are interested in the truth, look up CODEX and their plans to take all nutrients out of fruits and vegetables so that they can make us dependant on medications while they make more money off of us.

Always good to research what the news tells you. Find out the real source of salmonella and prevention. Washing your hands, fruits and veggies, and cutting boards is always a good idea.

21 07 2008
Mid-Michigan Dining

The truth? Or a conspiracy theory?

I was with you up until you starting talking about taking nutrients out of vegetables to make us buy medicine. Sounds very 1984ish

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