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Most consumers do not even know about the U.S. salmonella scare. And those who do, rarely care. Mexicans are accustomed to washing all produce because the vegetables sold on the national market are not held to the same standards as those certified for export.
Sergio Martinez, a 40-year-old bricklayer buying 4.5 pounds (2 kilograms) of tomatoes, says he isn't worried about a little salmonella. He washes all of his produce with bleach and water.
«What the U.S. doesn't want is what we see here. They always send the best stuff over there, from avocados to tequila,» he said. «What ends up here is second-rate. Almost all vegetables are contaminated with something because they water them with sewer water and put on a lot of chemicals.
Mexican consumers are benefiting from the scare. In the capital's vegetable markets, consumers can now buy top quality tomatoes for 8 pesos per kilogram (35 U.S. cents a pound). That's a third less than normal prices.
Mexican officials insist there's nothing to worry about here