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BREAKING NEWS: Salmonella Saintpaul Found in Irrigation Water on Mexican Pepper Farm

Annys Shin

Dr. David Acheson, who is the top food safety official at the Food and Drug Administration, has just told the House panel that they have found likely source of Salmonella saintpaul, which has eluded countless officials for weeks.

"We have a positive sample in water used for irrigation and serrano peppers from the same farm that have matched outbreak strain," he said.

Acheson says the FDA is now changing its warning to include Mexican Serrano peppers. The agency says consumers should now stop eating raw serrano peppers.

Dr. Lonnie King of the Centers for Disease Control is testifying after Acheson who, after the bomb he just dropped, officially makes him the Toughest Act to Follow of the day.

"We have a smoking gun it appears," King said.

The committee is now taking a break for a vote. I'll update again shortly.

(For those of you who would prefer to watch the hearing yourselves, you can find a link for it at the House Agriculture Committee's website.)

By Annys Shin |  July 30, 2008; 2:44 PM ET Annys Shin
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They found the needle in an enormous haystack, which was not even on our farm; yet there will be people in our Immediate Gratification Society who will roundly criticize them for taking so long.

Posted by: Ceasing Wonders | July 30, 2008 3:28 PM

The headline sys it's a Mexcian farm in question. The body of the news story does not. Why is this?

Posted by: mf tillman | July 30, 2008 3:37 PM

I wonder if the Chinese have sent managers over from the mainland China (pharmaceuticals, food, toys, etc) to teach Mexican farmers best practices and ethics?

Glad to see fair trade in injury, sickness, and death,is making its way across the Pacific.

Posted by: NYC | July 30, 2008 4:01 PM

My goodness how did they ever find the source of the food poisoning? Did they have a dog trained to smell sewerage?

Posted by: Old Coot | July 30, 2008 4:20 PM

American tomato growers have a right to be very upset. How much did the US Govt and Mexicans just cost them? $100 million?

Posted by: pgr88 | July 30, 2008 4:54 PM

I agree Ceasing Wonders... People want tomatoes in January and naval oranges in summer, so that stuff has to be constantly shipped from all over the place. The same people that would complain if they can't get this stuff complain if some of it is contaminated and the government can't go waltzing into those countries and figure out where it came from at the snap of a finger. Too many people don't appreciate the conveniences they have, then cry injustice when they have to pay the toll.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 10:51 AM

If it comes into our country we have a right to waltz into anywhere it comes from and test anything we want or they do not have to bring it in!! We should also tax it on top of it all, we DO have American Farmers you know, and if we are in production in America we should not import it during that time. Let the Mexican Govt. pay back the half a billion dollars lost to the Florida and Georgia growers

Posted by: Gary | July 31, 2008 10:00 PM

Thank you, very much, Dr. David Acheson and all of the others involved with reporting these findings.

And now, "Salmonella Saintpaul" has an interesting and ever-lasting "ring" to it, don't it, Saintpaul?

(And I really hope that they find the yuppie/capitalist, who benefited from this marginal profit-cost benefit and then feed him lots of his own product. ;)

Posted by: James | August 3, 2008 12:37 AM

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