The Smoking Gun has been found…

30 07 2008

…and surprise!  The cause of the Salmonella outbreak in the US is tainted water in an irrigation system on a Mexican farm

“We have a smoking gun, it appears,” said Dr. Lonnie King, who directs the center for foodborne illnesses at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Acheson said the farm is in Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Previously, the FDA had traced a contaminated jalapeno pepper to a farm in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. Both farms shipped through a packing facility in Nuevo Leon, raising the possibility that contamination could have occurred there.

Needless to say, tomato farmer’s are a little pissed. Read the rest of this entry »


Salmonella Updates

25 07 2008

Got a couple Associated Press articles on the recent salmonella outbreak.

FDA says only Mexican-grown jalapenos are linked to the salmonella outbreak, not U.S. crop.

Well, gee whiz.  There’s a surprise. 

The second article blames the food industry lobby for not being able to trace the source and screwing tomato growers out of thousands of dollars for no good reason.

An easing of government rules on the amount of paperwork the food industry has to keep appears to be hampering a federal probe into what caused the recent salmonella outbreak.

The industry had successfully lobbied the Bush administration to limit the paperwork. The White House also killed a plan to require the industry to maintain electronic tracking records that could be easily reviewed to search for the source of an outbreak. Read the rest of this entry »

Michigander Sickened By Tomato

10 06 2008

Just stop eating tomatoes until this whole thing passes over.  Do they taste that good that you’re willing to chance it?

A Kent County man looks to be the first person in Michigan to be sickened by the salmonella outbreak associated with tomatoes. 

The Kent County Health Department is working with the Michigan Department of Community Health and the Michigan Department of Agriculture to find the possible sources of the nationwide outbreak.

The 46-year-old man in Kent County was not hospitalized and has recovered.

The unfortunate thing about this article is it doesn’t tell us where he got the contaminated tomato from.