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The Wall Street Journal reported that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is saying that the recent salmonella outbreak, which caused more than 1,400 people to get sick, appears to be over.

Tomatoes were originally identified as the probable cause of the outbreak, but then the CDC and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that jalapeno and serrano peppers were the likely carrier.

KC's View:
”Appears” and “likely” are the operative words here. This outbreak is over, but the next one is just around the corner…and pronouncements by the CDC and FDA probably aren’t doing a lot to reassure consumers about the overall safety of the food supply.

The food industry probably doesn’t feel real confident, either, since the tomato industry lost in the neighborhood of $100 million when it was erroneously blamed for the outbreak.