Georgia Jalapeno Peppers and Salsa Found Negative for Salmonella

Samples of fresh jalapenos and salsa grown and produced in Georgia have tested negative for Salmonella. Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin made the announcement this afternoon after receiving the results from the Department’s food microbiology laboratory.

The Georgia Department of Agriculture tested samples from six Georgia farms and nine samples from Salsa Y’all, a Watkinsville producer that uses Georgia jalapenos. All samples were negative for Salmonella.

“I hope news of our test results will encourage grocery stores and restaurants to start placing orders for these products again,” said Commissioner Irvin.

The testing was done in response to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) blanket recommendation that consumers avoid all fresh jalapenos and products that contain them. FDA made that recommendation after one pepper from a farm in Mexico tested positive for the Salmonella Saintpaul strain that has sickened more than 1284 people across the U.S. and Canada.

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