Tomatoes Pulled After Salmonella Warning
The Food and Drug Administration is rushing to find the source of asalmonellosis outbreak that has now spread to 16 states. So far it has been linked to raw tomatoes.
Restaurants are removing tomato slices from sandwiches and grocery stores are plucking red plum tomatoes from their produce aisles following a nationwide alert that raw tomatoes may have infected scores of people with a rare form of salmonella.
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Food and Drug Administration officials warned consumers over the weekend to avoid Roma, red plum and red round tomatoes not attached to a vine because they may carry salmonella, a bacteria that causes severe abdominal pain and diarrhea. At least 145 people, including two in Virginia, have been infected since mid-April, and new cases were being linked to the outbreak yesterday. No one has died.