Food and Drug Administration investigators have found the Salmonella saintpaul strain in irrigation water and serrano pepper samples taken from a farm in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, prompting the agency to warn consumers against eating the pepper raw. Mexico "has suspended exports of produce from the company suspected of being the potential origin of the outbreak," a spokesman for the country's embassy said. The FDA is examining the "distribution chain, from production to consumption," an agency spokeswoman said.

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