July 17, 2008 — All tomatoes are secure to eat without stress approximately contracting salmonella, FDA authorities declared nowadays.
“We are lifting the tomato warning and we believe buyers can appreciate all types of fresh tomatoes that are on the household market within the Joined together States,” David Acheson, MD, the FDA’s associate commissioner for foods, said nowadays at a joint FDA-CDC news conference.
The FDA is continuing to examine jalapeno and serrano peppers in connection with the salmonella flare-up, and has dispatched a team of investigators to a pepper packing facility in Mexico. The FDA’s tomato examination has found no signs of salmonella saintpaul, the rare outbreak strain seen within the salmonella episode.
The FDA and CDC proceed to recommend that people at high chance of complications from salmonella disease — that’s newborn children, the elderly, and people with weak resistant frameworks — not eat crude jalapeno or serrano peppers. Other individuals are free to do the same, but the government’s pepper caution is as it were for individuals at tall chance.
The salmonella flare-up has sickened at least 1,220 people in 42 states, Washington, D.C., and Canada since it started in April. At least 224 people have been hospitalized with salmonella infection. The episode is ongoing but shows up to be facilitating after hitting a level between late May and mid-June, concurring to the CDC.
The FDA isn’t saying that tomatoes were never the issue. Tomatoes do not clarify all of the cases, and not one or the other do peppers, so Acheson says it’s possible that the source of the outbreak may have moved from one type of produce to another.
At the begin of the episode, “the science led us to accept solid association with tomatoes,” Acheson says. “We stand behind that science that set us on the tomato track to begin with” but the science “changes; it evolves, and we have to evolve with it.”
“We concur that the data ensnaring tomatoes early in the outbreak was quite solid,” Robert Tauxe, MD, MPH, deputy director of the CDC’s division of food-borne, bacterial, and mycotic diseases, said at the news conference. “We have been interested and concerned frame the starting that a lot of foods are served together in things like sauces and salsas.”