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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Tomato Warning from the FDA - Check Yours Before Eating

If the taste doesn't do it for you, here's another argument for buying locally grown tomatoes. (Or for growing your own.)

The FDA is warning about an outbreak of salmonellosis in tomatoes -- namely romas and round red tomatoes.

The salmonella outbreak hasn't been linked to all states, so you may be safe if the tomatoes you buy are from these states and countries:

Alabama
Arkansas
California
Georgia
Hawaii
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Minnesota
Mississippi
New York
Nebraska
North Carolina
Ohio
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
West Virginia
Belgium
Canada
Dominican Republic
Guatemala
Israel
Netherlands
Puerto Rico

However, to be truly safe, the FDA recommends eating only grape tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, tomatoes with the vine still attached and homegrown tomatoes.

Homegrown tomatoes -- those are the best -- but we don't have any here yet. So, what's a tomato lover to do.

I wonder if it's safe to buy tomatoes from the local farmer's market from farmers that you know well and trust. And I guess certain heirloom tomatoes (the purpose ones) and yellow tomatoes will be safe.

I hope they announce more news on this soon because tomatoes are my absolute favorite food. It wouldn't be summer without them.

2 comments:

  1. This is so depressing to me! I love tomatoes! My tomato plants are currently drowning with all the rain we are having up here so there went that - and I guess this outbreak will only give them a chance to raise tomato prices as well!

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  2. Christine in IowaJune 17, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Just FYI, most tomatoes have been cleared for safety. Florida and Mexico were the only "danger" spots and now many counties in Florida have been cleared and Baja Mexico is clear. All the other states in the US plus several other countries are clear.

    Your stores are only carrying tomatoes from safe areas. My DH works in a produce shipper and they have to label all their tomato packages with place of origin for the stores.

    I would definitely ask at the Farmer's Market, however, where their tomatoes (and any other produce!) are from. Bottom line is--if it's not growing in your garden at home, then the farmer's market guy is getting it from somewhere else too!

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