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Sunday, July 06, 2008 

A new, slightly different "dangerous fire"

Jalapenos may be the "salmonella" culprit. Not just tomatoes.
The FDA it is looking at jalapeno peppers as a possible cause of the outbreak as well as ingredients used to make salsa, such as cilantro and serrano peppers. Tomatoes continue to be investigated as well, spokeswoman Stephanie Kwisnek said. - WaPo
Meanwhile...the tomato industry has been dealt a blow....
...The U.S. tomato industry has taken a $100 million hit as restaurants temporarily dropped tomatoes from their menus, and farmers have had to plow under their fields or leave crops to rot in packinghouses.

Mexico has not calculated its losses. But Mexican growers worry they still may be under a shadow of suspicion as late as November, when greenhouses harvest their summer tomatoes.

Sinaloa grows about 40 percent of all tomatoes sent to the United States. - Chicago Sun Times

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