Tainted food enters easily from Mexico

Producers are not required to be sanitary
By Mark Walsh and Olga R. Rodriguez | The Associated Press
September 14, 2008

ALLENDE, Mexico – At the end of a dirt road in northern Mexico, the conveyor belts processing hundreds of tons of vegetables a year for U.S. and Mexican markets are open to the elements, protected only by a corrugated metal roof.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration suspects this packing plant, its warehouse in McAllen, Texas, and a farm in Mexico are among the sources of the United States’ largest outbreak of food-borne illness in a decade, which infected at least 1,440 people with a rare form of salmonella.

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