Taco Bell, Pizza Hut Restocking Tomatoes

17 06 2008

Not that I care too much….but come to think of it, how do you make pizza without tomatoes?

Tomatoes are coming back on the menus at Yum Brands’ restaurants, including Taco Bell.

The Louisville-based fast-food company says it’s starting to resupply its restaurants with tomatoes from areas that have been cleared of salmonella risk by federal health officials.

Yum is the parent company of Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut, A&W and Long John Silver’s restaurants.

Michigan Tomatoes Safe to Eat

13 06 2008

According to the FDA, Michigan tomatoes are NOT the source of the salmonella outbreak.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has determined that the state’s tomatoes aren’t associated with the recent outbreak of salmonella.

Michigan Department of Agriculture Director Don Koivisto said Friday the state has about 500 open-field tomato farms and 15 hydroponic or greenhouse tomato operations that focus on local distribution.

Don’t know where to get Michigan tomatoes?  Yes you do.  Your local farmer’s market.

Michigander Sickened By Tomato

10 06 2008

Just stop eating tomatoes until this whole thing passes over.  Do they taste that good that you’re willing to chance it?

A Kent County man looks to be the first person in Michigan to be sickened by the salmonella outbreak associated with tomatoes. 

The Kent County Health Department is working with the Michigan Department of Community Health and the Michigan Department of Agriculture to find the possible sources of the nationwide outbreak.

The 46-year-old man in Kent County was not hospitalized and has recovered.

The unfortunate thing about this article is it doesn’t tell us where he got the contaminated tomato from.

McDonald’s Pulls Tomatoes

9 06 2008

McDonald’s and most other fast food restaurants are worried about Salmonella.

McDonald’s Corp., Wal-Mart and some other restaurant and grocery store chains will stop selling some types of tomatoes while U.S. health officials try to find the source of the outbreak, which has sickened at least 145 people.

The FDA issued an expanded warning Saturday, saying raw red Roma, red plum and red round tomatoes have been linked to an outbreak of Salmonella serotype Saintpaul, an uncommon type of Salmonella food poisoning. The first warning went out on June 3.

Last year it was the high price.  This year is possible sickness.  Tomatoes ruin burgers anyway.  Why are people still destroying meat or meat-like patties with vegetables?