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FDA Gives the OK on Eating Tomatoes

If you've been avoiding certain tomatoes since this horrific salmonella outbreak, go ahead and bite into any tomato you want. Since no strain of salmonella Saintpaul was found on any farms that were tested, the FDA believes that consumers can now enjoy all types of fresh tomatoes.

The mystery still stands though as to what caused this outbreak in the first place, which has now sickened 1,220 people in 42 states — the earliest case on April 10 and the latest so far on July 4. Hot peppers are still on the list of things to watch out for, so people with weakened immune systems and the elderly should avoid fresh jalapeños and serranos.

I'm wondering, have you been avoiding tomatoes recently? If so, will the FDA's announcement settle your mind and let you enjoy tomatoes again, or are you still a little leery?


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MisterPinkNoTip MisterPinkNoTip 8 years
I only buy local tomatoes anyway, so I guess this doesn't really matter.
sldc sldc 8 years
The FDA never *knew* anything, so how can this news comfort anyone?
Marlovestar Marlovestar 8 years
I'm going to stick to the vine tomatoes until I know for sure. It's been rough since tomatoes are a staple in my diet.
Rose-Cullen Rose-Cullen 8 years
I refuse to eat any uncooked tomatos untill that "believe" becomes a "know".
ElleJay ElleJay 8 years
i'm going to start eating tomatos again... but be a little cautious. The FDA thought for SO long it was tomatos and now they "believe" it's ok to eat them again, and "think" it's the peppers now.... come on- THEY don't even know what's causing it for sure yet!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i heard about the lift this morning and was so happy. i'm a big tomato eater and to be worried about it for so long - it's good to know that they haven't found anything. (or maybe it's disconcerting that they don't know for sure what the cause was) anyway, it's good news to me!
Allytta Allytta 8 years
no, this outbreak was ridiculous. never believed it.
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