Recently the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sent out a press release stating that salsa and guacamole, especially those served in retail food establishments, are an increasingly important sources of foodbourne diseases.

According to research released almost 1 out of every 25 restaurant related food poisoning outbreaks between 1998 and 2008 can be traced back to contaminated salsa or guacamole.

Magdalena Kendall, an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) researcher stated, “Salsa and guacamole often contain diced raw produce including hot peppers, tomatoes and cilantro, each of which has been implicated in past outbreaks.”

  • Non-compliant storages times and temperatures were reported in 30% of the salsa-guacamole-associated (SGA) outbreaks.
  • Food workers were the source of contamination 20% of the time, which my have contributed to outbreaks.

Other Resources:
Food Poisoning Injury Cases
CDC: Food-Related Diseases

Hotel Food Poisoning Settlement
Vernon Hills Chili’s Grill & Bar Settlement

The Virginia lawyers at our firm are available to speak with you for an immediate review of food poisoning cases. Food poisoning is all too frequent in Virginia, and often results in a serious injury which requires extensive medical care and heavy medical bills.


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