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Posted on 10 July 2008 by

A Vaccine Against Salmonella for Tomatoes?

By Michelle Fabio

With the source of the recent salmonella outbreak in the United States still under investigation, one food microbiologist in Canada is turning his attention to preventing the bacteria from ever becoming a tomato-associated problem again.

Keith Warriner of Ontario’s University of Guelph is working with graduate student Jianxiong Ye on a vaccine that would prevent the growth of salmonella bacteria in and on tomatoes during the growing and harvesting phases.

Warriner and Ye have identified that a combination of microbes (an Entrobacter and a bacteriaphage for you scientific types) may effectively stop salmonella from Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 04 July 2008 by

Still No Source Identified in Salmonella Outbreak

By Michelle Fabio

As the number of reported illnesses from tomatoes contaminated with the Saintpaul strain of salmonella nears 400, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) still has not been able to identify the source of the bacteria.

In the past couple weeks, the FDA has focused its investigation on parts of Florida and Mexico, but now the agency’s associate commissioner for foods isn’t even sure the source will ever be found.

“We may not ultimately know the farm where these came from,” Dr. David Acheson said. “Some trace-backs that we thought were looking pretty good have been falling apart.”

Other parts of Florida and Mexico have been excluded as possible sources for the poisoning. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 13 June 2008 by

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 »

Posted on 09 June 2008 by

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 »

Posted on 04 June 2008 by

Salmonella Scare: Follow the Raw Tomato Rules!

By Michelle Fabio

Nearly 80 people have fallen ill because of salmonella food poisoning in nine states, including Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Idaho, Illinois and Indiana.

No deaths have been reported.

Texas and New Mexico authorities have concluded that uncooked tomatoes, in particular Roma and red round tomatoes, are to blame; the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are continuing to investigate the outbreaks in other states to determine whether tomatoes are at the root of the Saintpaul salmonella infection there as well.

Salmonella is Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 27 December 2007 by

Florida Tomatoes Soon to be Safer from Salmonella

floridaBy Michelle Fabio

There’s great news for buyers of Florida tomatoes: the state’s tomato growers with the support of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the University of Florida are teaming up in a program to help prevent salmonella and other food-borne illnesses from affecting their crops.

Through training of farm managers and packing houses on the proper way to grow and handle tomatoes, the Florida Tomato Food Safety Program hopes to not only make the state’s tomatoes safer but also create a positive selling point for Florida tomatoes and other agriculture.

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