FDA Warns Consumers in New Mexico and Texas Not to Eat Certain Types
of Raw Red Tomatoes
The Food and Drug Administration is alerting consumers in New Mexico
and Texas that a salmonellosis outbreak appears to be linked to
consumption of certain types of raw red tomatoes and products
containing raw red tomatoes. The bacteria causing the illnesses are
Salmonella serotype Saintpaul, an uncommon type of Salmonella.
From April 23 though June 1, 2008, there have been 57 reported cases
of salmonellosis caused by Salmonella Saintpaul in New Mexico and
Texas, including 17 hospitalizations. Approximately 30 reports of
illness in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, and
Utah are currently being investigated to determine whether they are
also linked to tomatoes. There are no reported deaths
The specific type and source of tomatoes are under investigation.
However, preliminary data suggest that raw red plum, red Roma, or
round red tomatoes are the cause. At this time, consumers in New
Mexico and Texas should limit their tomato consumption to tomatoes
that have not been implicated in the outbreak. These include cherry
tomatoes, grape tomatoes, tomatoes sold with the vine still attached,
and tomatoes grown at home.http://tinyurl.com/45gsfx
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