Peppers, avocados recalled in Charlotte

N.C. health officials Thursday issued a recall of jalapeno peppers and avocados sold by a Charlotte distributor, El Campo Produce.

Thirteen state inspectors began working Thursday morning to remove the produce from more than 100 small, mostly Mexican, stores and restaurants in 25 N.C. counties.

So far, the produce has not been linked to the salmonella Saintpaul strain that has sickened 23 people in North Carolina and nearly 1,200 people nationwide. But additional laboratory testing will be needed to make sure, said Dr. Jeffrey Engel, state epidemiologist.

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