Last week, the FDA lifted the salmonella warning on tomatoes, convinced that they were not to blame for the outbreak that has now infected people over 1,200 people in 42 states.

Since then, FDA officials have matched a strain of Salmonella Saintpaul to a strain found on jalapeño peppers packaged in Texas. However, it remains unclear whether the peppers were contaminated in the packaging plant or in Mexico, where they are grown. That the FDA is still searching for the source of contamination after four months of outbreak does not exactly inspire confidence in our food safety system.

Read more: “Salmonella Strain in Jalapeños is a Match” (NYT)

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