WHAT TYPES OF FOOD ARE MOST LIKELY TO SPREAD SALMONELLA?
Salmonella germs are common in uncooked food products from animals, such as eggs, egg products, meat, meat products, poultry, unpasteurized milk and unpasteurized dairy products. This is because thorough cooking and processing kill the germ. Salmonella can be in any type of food if Salmonella germs get on the food. For example, a food handler with salmonella may get germs on the food if his or her hands are not washed thoroughly before preparing food.
In July 2008, U.S. officials-after focusing on tomatoes as a possible source of contamination-traced a Salmonella outbreak that sickened more than 1,300 people to a batch of Serrano peppers shipped from a Mexican farm.