Tomatoes and Chili Peppers: The Latest FDA Advisory

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Last Thursday, the FDA updated its warning to all U.S. consumers concerning the ongoing salmonella outbreak. 


FDA officials now believe you can eat all types of fresh tomatoes, lifting the warning that has been in effect since June 7. 

“While we are changing our consumer guidance about tomatoes, we reiterate our guidance to consumers that those in vulnerable populations (infants, the elderly and immune-compromised people) should avoid eating jalapeño and serrano peppers as the investigation continues,” the FDA notes. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that many, but not all, of the people who have become ill during the outbreak also reported eating jalapeño or serrano peppers.” 

More than 1,000 people have been infected since April. 

As a general reminder: 

  • Refrigerate or discard cut, peeled or cooked tomatoes within 2 hours.
  • Avoid purchasing bruised or damaged tomatoes, and discard any that appear spoiled.
  • Thoroughly wash all tomatoes under running water.
  • Keep tomatoes that will be consumed raw separate from raw meats, raw seafood and raw produce items.
  • Wash cutting boards, dishes, utensils and countertops with hot water and soap when switching between types of food products.

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