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Jul 07, 2008

Jul 07, 2008

Jalapenos eyed in Salmonella outbreak probe

(CIDRAP News) – Federal investigators are eyeing jalapeno peppers as the possible culprit in a nationwide Salmonella outbreak that has now sickened 943 people in 40 states and involved at least one death.

Jul 09, 2008

Jul 09, 2008

Jalapenos become stronger suspect in hunt for Salmonella source

(CIDRAP News) – Federal official today advised people in high-risk categories to avoid eating raw jalapeno and Serrano peppers in light of new clues that suggest they might be associated with a nationwide Salmonella outbreak linked to tomatoes that has so far sickened 1,017 people.

Jul 11, 2008

Jul 11, 2008

Japanese study finds no behavioral effects from Tamiflu

(CIDRAP News) – A Japanese health ministry official said today that a government-supported study has found no evidence that the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu) causes abnormal behavior in young people, according to a Reuters report.

Jul 15, 2008

Jul 15, 2008

Salmonella clues elusive as cases rise to 1,167

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today that the number of cases in a nationwide Salmonella outbreak that might be linked to contaminated tomatoes and hot peppers has climbed to 1,167 and that new illnesses are still being reported.

Jul 17, 2008

Jul 17, 2008

GAO looks abroad for food-safety oversight lessons

(CIDRAP News) – The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report examining the results several developed nations and the European Union achieved when they consolidated oversight of food safety in a single agency, a step often advocated in the United State for solving some of the problems linked to contaminated imported and domestic food.

Jul 17, 2008

FDA ends warning on tomatoes, focuses on peppers

(CIDRAP News) – Federal officials today lifted warnings against eating certain tomatoes and said new clues in the ongoing nationwide Salmonella outbreak have led investigators from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to explore a Mexican packinghouse that handles jalapeno and Serrano peppers.

Jul 18, 2008

Jul 18, 2008

Salmonella found in peppers, but no outbreak link so far

(CIDRAP News) – Texas and North Carolina officials yesterday announced recalls of avocadoes and jalapeno and Serrano peppers after some samples tested positive for Salmonella. But Texas officials said they did not find the Salmonella strain involved in the current nationwide outbreak, while the strain in the North Carolina produce was not yet known.

Jul 21, 2008

Jul 21, 2008

Outbreak strain of Salmonella found in jalapeno

(CIDRAP News) – Federal authorities announced today that investigators working at a Texas produce facility found Salmonella that genetically matches the nationwide outbreak strain on a jalapeno pepper.

Jul 24, 2008

Jul 24, 2008

Minnesota tactics helped reveal Salmonella source

(CIDRAP News) – New details emerged today about breaks in the Salmonella investigation that led to the identification of the outbreak strain in a jalapeno pepper, as the number of cases in the nationwide outbreak rose to 1,284.

Jul 28, 2008

Jul 28, 2008

FDA clears US jalapenos in Salmonella outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently said jalapeno peppers grown in the United States are safe to eat, in view of findings that suggest the contaminated peppers responsible for many illnesses in the nationwide Salmonella outbreak came only from Mexican sources.

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