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Contaminated Tomatoes: Salmonella Strikes Again

I guess we can't go too long without hearing about another outbreak of salmonella. This time it's tomatoes, and these tainted veggies have been found in nine states. Forty food poisoning cases have been reported from New Mexico and Texas, all caused by the same strand of salmonella found in large, raw tomatoes, and 17 of those people have been hospitalized. Another type of salmonella has caused 30 cases of reported illness in Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Idaho, Illinois, and Indiana. In Texas and New Mexico, Roma and red round tomatoes seem to be the culprit, and investigators are looking to find out if these same tomatoes are causing illnesses in the other seven states. Unfortunately, no farm, grocery store, or restaurant is being singled out, so we have no idea which tomatoes are the so-called rotten ones. Hopefully further testing will give us some clues. For now if you live in any of those nine states, I'd be careful about your tomato consumption.


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freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
Thanks for the explanation, Spectra! :-)
Allytta Allytta 9 years
it's all so very strange, because salmonella needs a live donor that has blood to live. how can it be in tomatoes? BS. scientists in all the world say it's impossible, just USA ones think it's true.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I'll let you know how it happens: Sometimes, the irrigation systems for veggie crops cracks and some of the manure that they use for fertilizer gets into the pipes. The contaminated water goes into the plants and they draw it up inside their systems, so you can't really wash it off. You're best off getting your fruits/veggies from locally grown farmer's markets because the operations are smaller and most farmers take more safety measures than the big $$ growers.
emalove emalove 9 years
Good thing I don't eat tomatoes very often.
Jesstagirl Jesstagirl 9 years
I live in New Mexico and the news stations are telling us that they're tomatoes that are coming in from Mexico that seem to be the culprit. Apparently the tomatoes on vines, or little cherry tomatoes are still ok to eat. Several restaurants here (local and chains) have taken tomatoes out of dishes - VERY sad, because we LOVE salsa over here! Hopefully they'll get to the bottom of this soon.
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
I didn't know that you could even get salmonella from tomatoes! How does that work?!
AMP AMP 9 years
Phew, thankfully not Cali b/c I can't live without my tomatoes! I guess I'll be picking mine up at the local farmers market for a bit though just to be safe.
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 9 years
Yay for me. I hate raw tomatoes.
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
Is it just the flesh, or does it get inside too? I wonder if steaming & peeling would take care of it.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
Um, ew. I'm so sick of this stuff. Does no one practice any sort of food safety anymore? How freakin' hard can it be to stop your vegetables from making people sick?!
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
I dont live in any of those states but we have a carton of roma at home that I think I might throw out. Luckily, we get home grown ones from our parents in the Summer. At least there is that! :P
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 9 years
sometimes I feel like this fitsugar stuff is like doomsday...
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