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Posted on 27 July 2008 by tomatocasual.com

World Health Organization Sets Classes of Tomatoes

By Michelle Fabio

On the heels of the recent salmonella outbreak in the United States that may or may not be linked to tomatoes, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that tomatoes be classified into groups to aid in trading and the setting safety standards, helping to prevent future similar contaminations.

This announcement came after a week-long, 124-country meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, a food safety body who aims to “improve the quality and safety of fruit and vegetables,” according to WHO scientist Peter Ben Embarek.

Under the international code, tomatoes are to be classified by their size, shape, color, firmness and defects.

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