メキシコで2つめのサルモネラ菌汚染農場が見つかる

 メキシコの2つ目の汚染された農場が見つかる。
 全国各地で発症したサルモネラ菌と同じ種類の菌が、農場の潅漑用水とセラーノコショウから発見された。
 以前に、FDA食品医薬品局は汚染されたハラペーニョをメキシコの別の地域の農場に特定した。
 FDAは、トマトが原因としてまだ除外できず、感染がいくつかの違う種類の汚染された生産物によって起こされた可能性があることを強く主張した。
 4月以来1,300人以上が発症したが、トマトがずっと容疑者だったが、先週FDAはメキシコ産のハラペーニョが関連していると発表した。テキサス南部の倉庫にあったメキシコ産のハラペーニョから見つかった。
 汚染された灌漑用水がトマト栽培にも使われたとすれば、証拠が揃うことになる。
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FDA Finds Salmonella Strain at Second Mexican Farm
FDA Finds Salmonella Strain in Irrigation Water, Serrano Pepper at Farm in Nuevo Leon, Mexico
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON July 30, 2008 (AP) The Associated Press
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory?id=5482157

画像The salmonella strain linked to a nationwide outbreak has been found in irrigation water and a serrano pepper at a Mexican farm, federal health officials said Wednesday.
The FDA is warning people not to eat raw jalapenos or products made from them.

Dr. David Acheson, the Food and Drug Administration's food safety chief, called the finding a key breakthrough in the case, as did another health official.

"We have a smoking gun, it appears," said Dr. Lonnie King who directs the center for foodborne illnesses at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Acheson said the farm is in Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Previously, the FDA had traced a contaminated jalapeno pepper to a farm in another part of Mexico.

Acheson and other officials were grilled at a congressional hearing about why the investigation originally focused on tomatoes.

The officials insisted that tomatoes still cannot be ruled out and that it is quite possible that the outbreak was caused by several different kinds of contaminated produce.

The outbreak has sickened more than 1,300 people since April.

Tomatoes had been the prime suspect in the nationwide outbreak for weeks. But last week, the FDA said only jalapeno peppers grown in Mexico were implicated in the nationwide salmonella outbreak. The FDA said then it had found the same strain of salmonella responsible for the outbreak on a single Mexican-grown jalapeno in a south Texas produce warehouse.

If it turns out the tainted irrigation water was also used on tomatoes, it could provide some of the evidence that federal authorities are looking for to back their original focus on the fruit.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

WASHINGTON (AP) ― Federal health officials say the salmonella strain linked to a nationwide outbreak has been found in irrigation water and a serrano pepper at a Mexican farm.

Dr. David Acheson, the Food and Drug Administration's food safety chief, is calling the finding a key breakthrough in the case.

Acheson said the farm is in Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Previously, the FDA had traced a contaminated jalapeno to a farm in another part of Mexico.
serrano
In searching for the source of a salmonella outbreak, the Food and Drug Administration said it has found a tainted serrano pepper, as well as a jalapeno, at two Mexican farms.
(Getty Images)

Acheson and other officials were grilled Wednesday at a congressional hearing about why the investigation originally focused on tomatoes.

The officials insisted that tomatoes still cannot be ruled out and that it is quite possible that the outbreak was caused by several different kinds of contaminated produce.

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