FDA Declares Tomatoes Safe Again

17 07 2008

Although they’re saying tomatoes are safe, they still haven’t found a source for the salmonella outbreak.

The FDA hasn’t determined whether tomatoes were a source of the outbreak, but it has determined that tomatoes currently in fields and stores are safe, said Dr. David Acheson, the FDA’s associate commissioner for food protection, according to The Associated Press.

Salmonella Saintpaul — a rare form of the bacteria — has infected more than 1,190 people in 42 states, the District of Columbia and Canada since April, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 370 of those people became ill on or after June 1, the CDC said.

At least 224 people have been hospitalized.

That doesn’t make me feel much better.  The worst part is if tomatoes weren’t the cause, the FDA’s warning cost tomato growers an estimated $450 million dollars so far.

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