On Jul 5, 2:07*pm, Don Gabacho <jpast...@nettaxi.com> wrote:
> *Inspectors to halt import of some food from Mexico
> WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Starting Monday, health inspectors will halt the
> shipment of ingredients common to Mexican cuisine from Mexico to the
> United States, sources familiar with the salmonella poisoning
> investigation said.
> Since April, more than 900 people have contracted the same strain of
> salmonella, but its source is unclear.
> Since April, more than 900 people have contracted the same strain of
> salmonella, but its source is unclear.
> The inquiry, which initially focused solely on tomatoes, has expanded
> to include cilantro, jalapeño peppers, Serrano peppers, scallions and
> bulb onions, said Tommy Thompson, former secretary of the Department
> of Health and Human Services, who said he has been informed of the
> plan.
> Thompson said the plan involves intercepting food samples at the
> border and sending them to laboratories to examine them for possible
> salmonella or E. coli.
> A former director of the Food and Drug Administration's import
> operations said the expanded search raises a number of questions.
> "Where's the contaminated product?" asked Carl Nielsen. "How would you
> know? And where along the supply chain did it happen? Was it at the
> retail level? Is somebody doing something to expose the product at the
> retailer? Is it at the wholesale? Is it at the grower? Is it at the
> processor? Is it in transport? Where is it? They don't know."
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> * * * Salmonella inquiry looks beyond tomatoes
> * * * Officials question whether tomatoes behind outbreak
> * * * Suspect tomatoes traced to Florida or Mexico
> * * * FDA: *Salmonella outbreak
> The source of the outbreak of Salmonella Saintpaul remains unknown,
> but it has already had far-reaching implications.
> The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday that
> 943 people in 40 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada have
> become ill. Map: Which states are affected? »
> The person in the Canadian case became ill in Ontario on the day he
> returned from the United States, the CDC said.
> Health Library
> * * * MayoClinic.com: *Salmonella infection
> The rare form of bacteria also has cut about $450 million of tomato
> growers' income, said Thompson.
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> "You don't even take into consideration the thousands of people that
> have been sick, and how much it's cost in drugs, loss of time and
> mental anguish for people who are sick," Nielsen said.
> Last year during the same period, U.S. health authorities identified
> three people infected with the same


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