A second strain of salmonella has been identified by investigators in North Carolina in victims of food poisoning there.
Joe Reardon, director of the N.C. Agriculture Department’s Food and Drug Protection Division, told The Associated Press that testing found the salmonella strain oranienburg at a Charlotte-area food supplier. He said that strain has been confirmed in both North Carolina and Texas, where it has been linked to the supplier Grande Produce.
Officials have requested that Grande Produce, of Hidalgo, Texas, recall all the implicated products distributed in North Carolina.
“It may be contamination of distribution plants. It may be contamination within shipping trucks. All these things are under investigation,” Engel said, adding that a major part of the investigation is focused on Grande Produce.
It not yet known whether the most recent discovery is related to the outbreak of the salmonella strain known as Saintpaul which has sickened more than 1,200 people in 42 states.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration lifted its salmonella warning on tomatoes last Thursday. Federal health advisers warned that people most at risk from salmonella – including the elderly and people with weak immune systems – should avoid fresh jalapenos and serranos and any dishes that may contain them, such as fresh salsa.