FDA Says Tomatoes Safe To Eat, Warning Remains For Peppers

July 18, 2008

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has come out and stated on Thursday that consumers can eat tomatoes once again without fear of the salmonella bacteria.  Peppers on the other hand, still have a warning...Washington (ChattahBox) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has come out and stated on Thursday that consumers can eat tomatoes once again without fear of the salmonella bacteria. Peppers on the other hand, still have a warning.

According to federal officials, the total number of cases from the salmonella outbreak is now above 1,200, with over 240 people having to be hospitalized.

The outbreak began in April, with tomatoes as the main suspect. The FDA placed a warning on consuming raw tomatoes, but has lifted it as of today.

The announcement Thursday came during an afternoon teleconference from the FDA associate commissioner for foods, Dr. David Acheson.

A warning is still in place for jalapeno peppers and serrano peppers, as the source of the salmonella outbreak is still not known.


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