In a press release distributed on Friday, July 25, 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers not to consume raw Jalapeno and Serrano peppers from Mexico, as well as foods made with them due to an outbreak of salmonella, specifically Salmonella serotype Saintpaul, an uncommon type of salmonella.1 Salmonella is a group of bacteria with many different kinds. According to the FDA, domestically grown raw Jalapeno peppers are not connected with this outbreak. As you may recall there was a recall of tomatoes in early June; as of last week, FDA has removed the tomato recall.
To avoid getting salmonella, please pay attention to all food labels! If you don’t know how to read a food label, check out my past article, “What are these ingredients?”. There is no medicine or vaccine to prevent salmonella from occurring, but you can do your best to take precaution through proper food handling and hand washing processes, as well as by avoiding eating raw (or undercooked) eggs and poultry. For more tips on samonella, please read the past article on “Tomato Recall”.
“FDA Extends Consumer Warning on Serrano Peppers from Mexico?” July 30, 2008. The U. S. Food and Drug Administration. July 30, 2008 .