A salmonella outbreak that has made over 1,000 people ill since June is changing focus. Originally it was believed that tomatoes were to blame for the rare Saintpaul strain of salmonella that was responsible for illnesses in states across the country. After testing of tomatoes found no salmonella investigators are now testing jalapeño and serrano peppers and cilantro.
The Food and Drug Administration last week advised high-risk consumers, such as the young and old, to avoid fresh jalapeño and serrano peppers. The FDA first linked the outbreak in June to some types of raw tomatoes, which are still suspects.