In a press release distributed on Saturday, June 7, 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers nationwide not to consume certain types of raw red tomatoes due to an outbreak of salmonella, specifically Salmonella serotype Saintpaul, an uncommon type of salmonella.1 Salmonella is a group of bacteria with many different kinds. Since the first announcement, the FDA has reported that at least 167 were infected with salmonella across 17 states.
The types of raw red tomatoes that are suspected are raw red plum, red Roma, round red tomatoes, and products containing these raw tomatoes. At this time the source of this outbreak has not yet been identified, the FDA has identified the states, territories and countries that have not been associated with this outbreak. According to the FDA, grape tomatoes, cherry tomatoes and tomatoes on the vine are not linked to the outbreak.
“FDA Warns Consumers Nationwide Not to Eat Certain Types of Raw Red Tomatoes?” June 8, 2008. The U. S. Food and Drug Administration. June 11, 2008;
“Advice for Retailers, Restaurateurs and Food Service Operators.” June 11, 2008. The U. S. Food and Drug Administration. June 12, 2008. <http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/tomatoes.html#retailers>.
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