By David Mitchell, The Packer
With the number of reported illnesses climbing past 1,000 in an outbreak of Salmonella Saintpaul, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expanded its consumer advisory to include fresh jalapeno peppers and serrano peppers.
The outbreak, which originally was linked to certain types of tomatoes, has caused 1,017 illnesses in 41 states, Washington, D.C., and Canada. Public health officials said July 9 that roma and round, red tomatoes still are under scrutiny in the investigation.
Robert Tauxe, deputy director of the CDC's Division of Foodborne, Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases, said that people with increased risk of infection — including infants, the elderly and people with impaired immune systems — should not eat jalapenos or serrano peppers. Tauxe cautioned that other people who want to reduce their risk of infection could take the same precautions.