Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Salsa and Guacamole are big sources of foodborne illness

Two of our favorite things to eat, salsa and guacamole, they are also big sources of foodborne illness.

We would like to think really hot peppers would kill the bacteria bugs dead, but we are afraid it just isn't so.

An analysis of foodborne outbreaks reported that salsa or guacamole or both are big time culprits.

Between 1998 and 2008 the salsa and guacamole outbreaks sickened some 5,560 people, sent 145 people to hospital and contributed to three deaths, the researchers found.

When salsa or guacamole aren't kept at the proper temperature (40 degrees) contaminating microbes become like a crazy bacteria factory.

The problems in the summer is salmonella and norovirus hits hard during the winter months.