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FDA Inspects Mexican Scallion Growers
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Inspectors from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are in Mexico to inspect the crops of four scallion (green onion) exporters closed in the wake of a hepatitis outbreak that has killed three people and sickened at least 600 others in Pennsylvania.

U.S. health officials have established that the cases of hepatitis A stemmed from Mexican-grown scallions served at a Chi-Chi's restaurant, located about 25 northwest of Pittsburgh. The same produce may also have caused smaller outbreaks in Tennessee and Georgia, the Associated Press reports.

Sales of green onions from Mexico have dropped dramatically since the outbreak, the AP says.

An FDA spokesman tells the wire service that inspectors would be in Mexico at least two days.


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