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So, the plot thickens.


The FDA has officially updated its warning to consumers nationwide about the continuing salmonella outbreak.

While tests show infection has “a strong association with certain raw tomatoes,” a recent CDC study and disease cluster indicate raw jalapeño and serrano peppers may be linked to the outbreak.

The FDA is now advising people in high-risk populations—the elderly, infants and those with impaired immune systems—to avoid eating raw jalapeño and raw serrano peppers.

And the tomato warnings still stand: Consumers are advised to avoid eating raw red plum, red Roma or red round tomatoes, except for those grown in the areas listed at the end of this article. Tomatoes grown in these areas have not been associated with the outbreak.

As we’ve reported in previous coverage, if you’re unsure of the origin of any tomatoes in your home, contact the store or place of purchase. If you cannot determine the source of the tomatoes, don’t eat them. Cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, tomatoes sold with the vine still attached and homegrown tomatoes have not been implicated in this outbreak.

Tomatoes Harvested from These Areas Are Acceptable to Eat (Per FDA—List Updated July 9)

United States: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida (counties of Jackson, Gadsden, Leon, Jefferson, Madison, Suwannee, Hamilton, Hillsborough, Polk, Manatee, Hardee, DeSoto, Sarasota, Highlands, Pasco, Sumter, Citrus, Hernando, Charlotte), Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin

International Sources: Belgium, Canada, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Israel, Mexican States (Aguascalientes, Baja California Norte, Baja California Sur, Campeche, Colima, Chiapas, Chihuahua, Distrito Federal, Durango, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Hidalgo, México, Michoacán, Morelos, Nayarit, Nuevo León, Oaxaca, Puebla, Querétaro, Quintana Roo, San Luis Potosí, Sonora, Tobasco, Tamaulipas, Tlaxcala, Veracruz, Yucatán, Zacatecas), Netherlands, Puerto Rico

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