Just days after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced tomatoes were safe to enjoy again, federal health officials are now warning consumers not to eat fresh jalapeno peppers.
A Jalapeno pepper from a small Texas-based produce distribution center tested positive as a "genetic match" to the particular salmonella strain, called Saintpaul, associated with the current nationwide outbreak, according to the FDA.
The company, Agricola Zaragoza Inc. of McAllen, Texas, has voluntarily recalled all of its jalapeno peppers, which originated from a farm in Mexico.
But the connection between the peppers tested in Texas and the largest outbreak of food-borne illness on record in the past decade was enough for the FDA to tell consumers to avoid eating fresh jalapenos.
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