According to USA Today, the recent Salmonella outbreak — the largest in 20 years — may no longer be attributed solely to tomatoes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning on July 9 to consumers about the possibility of salmonella in raw jalapeno and serrano peppers. So far, the states with the most cases of salmonella are New Mexico and Texas.
The areas that grow the most tomatoes are no longer considered at risk for salmonella, but the Food and Drug Administration still wants people to be cautious.
Thus far, more than 1,000 people have been sickened by salmonella and more than 200 have been hospitalized, according to the CDC.
For more information about salmonella in peppers, check out the following articles:
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