FDA Ramping Up Microbiological Sampling of Cucumbers, Hot Peppers

November 25, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is increasing its microbiological testing of cucumbers and hot peppers, two vegetables that have been linked with several foodborne outbreaks.

The agency has a more robust surveillance sampling approach under development, and one piece of it is the new microbiological surveillance sampling model designed to identify patterns that could help predict and prevent future contamination by pathogens such as Salmonella and E. coli.

During the first year of the program, FDA focused on sprouts, whole fresh avocados, and raw milk cheese. The agency collected more than 800 samples in total and tested them for…