The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an updated statement on July 25 advising consumers that jalapeño and Serrano peppers grown in the United States are not connected with the current Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak. NASDA members have continued to meet and work with FDA officials to address the ongoing situation.
The narrower advisory the FDA issued on July 25 is based on evidence gathered during the agency's ongoing and intense investigation to find the source of the contamination that led to the outbreak. However, the FDA continues to advise consumers to avoid raw jalapeño peppers--and the food that contains them--if they have been grown, harvested or packed in Mexico. In addition to domestically grown raw jalapeño peppers, commercially canned, pickled and cooked jalapeño peppers from any and all geographic locations also are not connected with the current Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak. (Contact: Charlie Ingram)