By David Mitchell


Food and Drug Administration investigators are in Mexico scrutinizing a hot pepper packing shed as part of its probe into an outbreak of Salmonella Saintpaul, and jalapeño importers are feeling the heat.


"I have tenants in the market that have jalapenos as their mainstay," said Carlos Zambito, marketing director of the McAllen Produce Terminal Market, McAllen, Texas. "One of those guys is basically going under."


David Acheson, FDA's associate commissioner for foods, said July 17 that the agency had dropped its consumer advisory for tomatoes, but an advisory issued July 9 remains in place for fresh jalapeños and serrano peppers.


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