The FDA has stated that they have confirmed the same strain of salmonella bacteria that has sickened thousands of Americans on a Mexican farm that produces serrano peppers.
So far in the US since April, Americans have been contracting the bacteria at an alarming rate, with FDA officials first blaming the outbreak on tomatoes.
Since tomatoes have been given the all clear, officials have been searching for the true source of the outbreak and now they believe they have found it.
“FDA found Salmonella saintpaul in a sample of serrano peppers and a sample of water from a farm in Mexico,” FDA spokeswoman Stephanie Kwisnek stated.
The Mexican government is disputing the findings, stating that the water that tested positive for salmonella came from a tank holding stagnant water, not the water used to wash peppers.
One man has died from the salmonella bacteria, and more than 250 people have been hospitalized with the bacteria.
The main symptoms associated with salmonella poisoning include; diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps.