concerned government agencies got concerned over a series of food poisoning resulting from the consumption of raw tomatoes, raw cilantro and raw jalapeno. In June , 2007 ,a considerable number of people who had recently consumed any of the three or all the three mentioned food stuff reported a series of related illness associated to the food poisoning. Since April, a total of 1423 persons had been infected with Salmonella Saintpaul in a total of 43 States with Georgia reporting the highest number of 43 victims. Salmonella refers to a group of bacterial that causes diarrheal illness in human and animals. Most victims develop fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea within 12-72 hours of consumption.
After carrying out a series of case control studies, clusters associated with certain restaurants were found, most of the clusters indicated fewer than 5 ill persons. The results indicated that more than one food vehicle was involved in the attack. Neither tomatoes, nor do jalapeno would explain the outbreak. No tomatoes, serranno peppers or jalapeno implicated had originated from the USA, however a number of clusters indicated that the food had originated from Mexico and a distribution channel based in McAllen Texas.
The controversy is that the exact cause of Salmonella infection is not yet clear, although the agencies were still investigating on the matter, lack of straight forward and clear information on the outbreak had led to confusion and law suits from the concerned consumers.
2. The Federal agencies should act pursuant to laws that are passed by the congress; these agencies should develop detailed regulations necessary to enforce the laws. Some of these Acts are the Food Quality protection Act and the Public Service Health Act.
Professionally, food vendors should be careful and practice professionalism when dealing with food, individually, one may not be aware of what awaits him, due to lack of power to tell whether something is fit for consumption or ...