AP reports Mexican Peppers tagged as unsafe long before outbreak

19 Aug

According to the Associated Press, Federal inspectors at the U.S./ Mexico border routinely rejected shipments of peppers months before the outbreak of Salmonella this year. As many as 88 shipments were turned away since January, and it surprised the higher-ups at the FDA.

Using records obtained from the FDA, AP discovered the pattern of rejection from border inspectors. However, according to FDA director Dr. David Acheson, the peepers weren’t a source of concern because they didn’t have a history of carrying contaminants.

The AP reports that, according to the Department of Agriculture, 84% of all peppers consumed in the U.S. come from Mexico.

This makes my case for eating locally even more convincing.

http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-health/20080818/Salmonella.Peppers/

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