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Investigators had a "significant break" in tracking the salmonella outbreak when they found the bacteria on a jalapeņo pepper imported from Mexico at a Texas food supplier, the Food and Drug Administration announced Monday.

The FDA also warned consumers not to eat fresh jalapeņos and products made with fresh jalapeņos.

The discovery may provide a clue to the source of a recent outbreak of Salmonella Saintpaul. The bacteria have sickened more than 1,200 people in 42 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "One of the jalapeņo peppers has tested positive with a genetic match to the Saintpaul strand," said Robert Tauxe, deputy director of the CDC's Division of Foodborne, Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases. Consumer Tips Blog: Hold the jalapeņos He said officials are "looking at the chain that the peppers would have passed through to decide if any of them are a point of contamination." Watch more on the salmonella outbreak Tauxe called the discovery a "significant break." "While this one sample does not give us the whole story, this genetic break is very important," he said. "This will hopefully help us pinpoint the source of this outbreak." Read full article »

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