Michigan has now been added to the list of states hit by the recent outbreak of salmonella food poisoning believed to be linked to certain tomatoes, making a total of 17 states affected.
Meanwhile tomatoes from many more states have been deemed safe by the FDA. See the complete list of safe sources of tomatoes.
Remember that even in states that haven’t been cleared by the FDA, only red plum, red Roma, and red round tomatoes have been associated with the spread of the Saintpaul strain of salmonella that has now led to 167 reported illnesses and 23 hospitalizations across the United States.
Some companies aren’t taking any chances with the potential for salmonella food poisoning and have pulled tomatoes from their inventory; these include McDonald’s, Wal-Mart, Burger King, Kroger, Outback Steakhouse, Winn-Dixie and Taco Bell.
The source of the salmonella still hasn’t been identified although some speculation has risen that Mexico, which produces 84% of tomatoes imported by the United States, could be the point of origin as the country has not yet been cleared by the FDA.
The current salmonella outbreak is the 14th in America linked to tomatoes since 1990.
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