Campbell says its foods are free from salmonella

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CAMDEN, N.J. — Campbell Soup Co. late Tuesday issued a statement clarifying that its products — and all cooked tomatoes and jalapenos — have not been linked to the transmission of salmonella. According to the Food and Drug Administration, the number of individuals affected by the nation’s outbreak of salmonella saintpaul from fresh tomatoes, jalapenos and possibly other foods has grown to nearly 1,000.

Campbell products that contain cooked tomatoes and jalapenos include condensed and ready-to-serve soups, Prego pasta sauces, V8 vegetable juices, Campbell’s tomato juice and Pace Mexican sauces.

"There is currently no evidence of transmission of the salmonella through consumption of processed foods containing tomatoes, jalapenos or any other vegetables, because normal cooking temperatures, such as those used in preparing Campbell products, will inactivate the bacteria," Campbell said. "This is why the Food and Drug Administration considers fully cooked products like soups, pasta sauces, vegetable-based beverages and salsa to be safe."

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