Spicy, Spicy! : Blog Of The Nation Enjoy your tomatoes. But you might want to steer clear of hot peppers.
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Spicy, Spicy!

A few weeks ago, I sneaked out of NPR, to buy a sandwich for lunch. Two blocks away, I made my standard order: turkey and swiss on wheat, with mayonnaise, lettuce and tomatoes.

"Sorry. No tomatoes. Read the sign."

The sandwich maker gestured to a small piece of paper, taped to the sneeze guard. Because of a recent salmonella outbreak, the restaurant planned to remove tomatoes from its menu indefinitely.

Ladies and gentlemen, I'm happy to report that they're back. Tomatoes are "in the clear." Jalapeno peppers, though? That's another story.

At the end of our second hour, Dr. David Acheson, the associate commissioner for foods for the Food and Drug Administration, will tell us how his agency pinpoints the source of salmonella outbreaks.

If you have a question about food safety investigations, or what you can and cannot eat, leave it here.