Cilantro, Peppers May Be Causing Nationwide Salmonella Outbreak

The F.D.A. is now inspecting other foods they think may be causing the salmonella outbreak across the U.S. Salmonella has sickened almost a thousand people. Officials with the F.D.A. say they're not sure tomatoes are the only cause. They say now it they're inspecting cilantro, jalapeños and serrano peppers, three ingredients used heavily in Mexican dishes. The manager at El Azul Grande in Hazard says he's not concerned about it yet, though.

"The vegetables that we use, they get cooked first. Like we don't use serrano peppers. We use jalapeños peppers, but got cooked first before we put it in the food,” says Juan Hernandez, El Azul Grande Manager.

Hernandez says if the F.D.A. does find salmonella is linked to the three ingredients they will have to stop using them.


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