Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have announced that they have finally identified the food culprit in the summer salmonella scare. A batch of serrano peppers from a Mexican farm was the source of the outbreak.
The peppars were involved in an irrigation system that used contaminated water, officials reported. The CDC and the Food and Drug Administration have advised people to avoid eating raw and unprocessed serrano and jalepeno peppers grown in Mexico.
Tomatoes were orginally thought to be the source of the illness that affected 1,300 people nationwide. An estimated $300 million has been lost by the tomatoe industry for the inaccurate warning because farmers were forced to under crop and throw away tons of produce that could have gone to market.
Critics assert that the long delayed identification of what was causing the salmonella outbreak is evidence that both Congress and the FDA failed to keep Americans safe. If you have become ill from eating peppers from Mexico, contact the Rhinelander Food Injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® to discuss your case and further legal options.