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Attack of the Killer Tomatoes?

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes?

Tomatoes pulled off shelves amid salmonella scare

“Federal officials hunted for the source of a 17-state salmonella outbreak linked to three types of raw tomatoes, while the list of supermarkets and restaurants yanking those varieties from shelves and menus grew.

McDonald’s, Wal-Mart, Burger King, Kroger, Outback Steakhouse, Winn-Dixie and Taco Bell were among the companies that voluntarily withdrew red plum, red Roma or round red tomatoes unless they were grown in certain states and countries…

Cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, tomatoes sold with the vine still attached and homegrown tomatoes are likely not the source of the outbreak, federal officials said.

Also not associated with the outbreak are raw red Roma, red plum and round red tomatoes from Arkansas, California, Georgia, Hawaii, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Belgium, Canada, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Israel, Netherlands and Puerto Rico.”

The bigger question when it comes to matters of food safety in this country is how fruits and vegetables like spinach and tomatoes are carrying the load for sloppiness in the meat industry.

In the past few years, both spinach and tomatoes have become identified as the source of food borne illnesses of E. Coli and now Salmonella.

Problem is, in both cases, the offensive threat is the by-product of animal feces.

“Salmonella is a bacteria that lives in the intestinal tracts of humans and other animals. The bacteria are usually transmitted to humans by eating foods contaminated with animal feces.

Most infected people suffer fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps starting 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness tends to last four to seven days.”


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