Salsa being linked to food poisoning

July 13th, 2010 - 8:24 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, July 13 (THAINDIAN NEWS) New research released this week revealed that the Guacamole and Salsa, which are served in the restaurants may be aiding food borne diseases in the United States.

According to United States statistics, nearly four percent of all food borne diseases linked to restaurants is caused by contaminated Guacamole and salsa between the period of 1998 and 2008. This figure is more than 200% of the previous decade’s rate.

The researchers studied food borne outbreaks linked to salsa and guacamole from the period of 1973. However the researchers say they never detected any outbreak between the period 1973 to 1984.

From 1984, the figures showed that 84 percent of all salsa and guacamole food borne outbreak were tied to restaurants. “Fresh salsa and guacamole, especially those served in retail food establishments, may be important vehicles of food borne infection,” according to Magdalena Kendall, who is a researcher at Tennessee’s Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.

Individual ingredients used to make salsa, pepper, tomato and cilantro are all linked to previous outbreaks of salmonella. This increases the chance of a disease outbreak due to salsa.

Between the period 1984 to 1997, food borne disease linked to salsa and guacamole accounted for about 1.5 percent of all restaurant food outbreaks. That figure was more than doubled between the period of 1998 to 2008.

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