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FDA Clears U.S. Hot Peppers in Salmonella Outbreak

Some of you may have heard recently about a “salmonella scare” related to Jalapeno peppers. We’ll it’s has takin’ some time but today a top U.S. health official said the “tainted jalapeno peppers had been definitively traced to a farm in Mexico.” We thought you might like to know this and that this issue had no affect on Darn Hot Peppers customers.
This issue has made it a tough sell for some chile farmers, especially farmer in new mexico who have had to resort to advertising their chiles as “salmonella free” (see image on the left). Luckily the worst seems to be over and the strain has now been found to have been isolated to a specific area in mexico, and US peppers have not been affected.
According to the Associated Press, Dr. David Acheson, of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, gave the all-clear to jalapeno and serrano peppers grown in the United States, but warned consumers to avoid any grown in Mexico and also avoid salsas and sauces that are made with them. Click here to read the full story.
This is one more reason why buying local is better, as Jerry says “it helps people have more assurance: you get to know your farmer and their ways of doing things and you can be confident that proper care is being attended to.”
For more information visit the FDA for more on the salmonella outbreak.
– Carol