(July 17, 3:24 p.m.) The Food and Drug Administration has lifted its consumer advisory for tomatoes.

David Acheson, FDA’s associate commissioner for foods, said July 17 that tomatoes had not been absolved in its investigation of a Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak. However, he said the agency was canceling the advisory because it was unlikely that tomato farms that might have been involved when the outbreak started in early April were still in production.

“We’re telling people that tomatoes now in the market and in stores — domestic and imported — are OK,” Acheson said.

The agency’s consumer advisory for jalapeño and serrano peppers remains in place. Acheson said a traceback has led investigators to a packing house in Mexico.

FDA issued its first nationwide advisory in the outbreak June 7, warning consumers not to eat raw roma and red round tomatoes unless they were sourced from areas approved by FDA. Acheson said that list now is unnecessary.

The consumer advisory was expanded July 9 to include jalapeño and serrano peppers.

Robert Tauxe, deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Foodborne, Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases, said the outbreak still is ongoing, but it appears to have reached a plateau June 10.

Tauxe said there have been 1,220 reported illnesses and 224 known hospitalizations. The onset date of the most recent reported illness was July 4.