Although the scope of the investigation has widened, the Center for Disease Control and the FDA seem no closer to discovering the source of the recent outbreak of Salmonella St. Paul. Tomatoes were originally thought to be the source, but as investigation continues, peppers and cilantro have joined the list of possible contaminants.
“We are quite sure that neither tomatoes nor jalapeños explains the entire outbreak,” said the Centers for Disease Control’s Dr. Robert Tauxe. “We’re presuming that both of them have caused illnesses.”
The wide range of dates of symptoms and the variety of products that the victims have consumed has complicated the process of determining the cause of the outbreak. The CDC and FDA have come under fire for implicating tomatoes originally and some tomato industry have contemplated legal action against those agencies to seek compensation for their losses, which continue to mount, as the investigation drags on.
Stay tuned to our website for further updates on this investigation.