By Christina Wilkie - 07/12/10 11:56 PM EDT
There is bad news this week for lovers of spicy Mexican cuisine: Salsa and guacamole have emerged as some of the fastest-growing causes of food-borne illness, according to a study released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Between 1998 and 2008, there were twice as many food-borne outbreaks associated with salsa, guacamole and pico de gallo than there had been in the previous decade, the CDC found.
Thankfully, the CDC has no plans to make us all eat tired tacos and bland burritos. That said, researcher Magdalena Kendall stressed that “awareness that salsa and guacamole can transmit food-borne illness, particularly in restaurants, is key to preventing future outbreaks.”