Florida Tomato's Not the Source of US Salmonella Outbreak
Florida's 500-million dollar a year tomato industry has been cleared of being the culprit of the recent salmonella outbreak. The St. Petersburg Times reported on Wednesday June, 11, that the FDA gave Florida tomatoes a "safe to eat" ruling.
Charles Bronson, Florida's Agricultural Commissioner, said "Florida tomato growers have one of the most stringent tomato production programs in the nation," and that he was confident that Florida tomatoes were not to blame. Bronson also stated that the tomatoes that are being harvested and shipped at present did not even exist when the salmonella outbreak occurred.
Jay Scott, a a professor of horticulture with the University of Florida's Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Wimauma, said that the Florida tomato growers must now vindicate their reputation in the eyes of the American consumer if Florida tomatoes are to recover lost consumer confidence.