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Posted on 06 October 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Lawmakers Seek Compensation for Salmonella Summer

By Michelle Fabio

Remember the Salmonella Scare from this past summer?

The one in which the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers about certain tomatoes, blaming our beloved ‘maters for over 1,000 illnesses and 200 hospitalizations around the country, but then backtracked and said that, on second thought, it looks like it was really jalapeño peppers that were the cause?

Well, a report from the University of Georgia estimates that the salmonella scare of this past summer cost Georgia’s economy approximately $25.7 million–and that is just one state.

To no one’s surprise, this past summer, eight Florida lawmakers introduced a bill asking for $100 million for tomato growers and others affected by what many claim was the FDA’s mishandling of the salmonella scare, and now, in a separate request, Georgia Representative Sanford Bishop (D) is asking the House of Representatives to consider giving $100 million to make up for such losses.

“We cannot have another summer like the past one,” Bishop said. “As long as this country produces a domestic supply of food and fiber, we will have incidences of contamination every now Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 18 July 2008 by tomatocasual.com

FDA Says Tomatoes Safe to Eat

By Michelle Fabio

After being under investigation as the possible cause of a recent salmonella outbreak in America, tomatoes have been ruled safe to eat by the Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA has now turned its attention to raw jalapeño and serrano peppers as the possible culprit; the confusion as to whether tomatoes had been involved may come from the fact that both of these ingredients are found in Mexican foods like salsa which many of those affected had eaten.

No tomatoes from farms in Mexico and southern Florida have tested positive for the rare Saintpaul strain of salmonella that has caused over 1,000 illnesses in Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 13 June 2008 by tomatocasual.com

The Latest on the Salmonella Outbreak

By Michelle Fabio

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 Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 09 June 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Salmonella Warning Goes National

By Michelle Fabio

On June 7, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it “is expanding its warning to consumers nationwide that a salmonellosis outbreak has been linked to consumption of certain raw red plum, red Roma, and red round tomatoes, and products containing these raw, red tomatoes.”

Red plum, red Roma, and red round tomatoes grown and harvested in the following states, territories and countries have not been associated with the outbreak and should, therefore, still be safe to eat: Arkansas, California, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Belgium, Canada, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Israel, Netherlands and Puerto Rico.

The list of “safe tomatoes” is available Read the rest of this entry »

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