Salmonella still a threat

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -- Tomatoes are still a possible culprit for making people sick, but the Center for Disease Control says they may not be the only problem.

Now fresh jalapeno and serrano peppers may also be contaminated.

Local experts say either way, people should still be cautious about where they get fruits and vegetables.

Only homegrown or tomatoes with vines still attached are okay to eat.

"The issue with salmonella has not yet been figured out.  There are still illnesses happening and we need to be watching what we eat, how we prepare our foods and mindful of where they come from," says Cary Sims with the Angelina County Extension Office.

"Make sure you thoroughly wash your fruits and vegetables.  The homegrown or local produce are going to more likely be safer then what is at the grocer. That may not be the case, but it's to be more on the safe side," says Anne Boles Lee, also with the Angelina County Extension Office.

Since April, more than 1000 people have gotten sick from the salmonella strain, including almost 400 in Texas.

The only death directly related to the contaminated produce is an 80-year-old man from Houston.