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Salmonella outbreak in U.S. appears to be over


August 28, 2008
By The Associated Press

August 28, 2008, Washington — The
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the salmonella
outbreak that sickened more than 1,400 people appears to be over.

August 28, 2008, Washington — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the salmonella outbreak that sickened more than 1,400 people appears to be over.
A joint investigation by CDC and the Food and Drug Administration found strong evidence that jalapeno peppers were a major carrier of the bacteria, and that serrano peppers were also a carrier. The salmonella strain that caused the outbreak was traced back to a produce distribution centre in Texas, and to a farm in Mexico that grew peppers.
The extensive probe found no contaminated tomatoes, but investigators say they cannot rule out that tomatoes might have been a carrier, particularly early on. It was the largest outbreak of foodborne illness in the United States in the past decade.

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