New Developments in the Salmonella Outbreak Investigation

Jalapeno peppers sit for sale in a market in Mexico City, Friday, July 25, 2008. Only jalapeno peppers grown in Mexico are implicated in the nationwide salmonella outbreak in the United States, the government announced Friday in clearing the U.S. crop. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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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

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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