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    Salmonella Outbreak on Uncooked Tomatoes in Nine States

    ATLANTA An outbreak of salmonella food poisoning first linked to uncooked tomatoes has now been reported in nine states, U.S health officials said Tuesday.

    Lab tests have confirmed 40 illnesses in Texas and New Mexico as the same type of salmonella, right down to the genetic fingerprint. An investigation by Texas and New Mexico health authorities and the Indian Health Service tied those cases to uncooked, raw, large tomatoes.

    At least 17 people in Texas and New Mexico have been hospitalized. None have died, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Another 30 people have become sick with the same Salmonella Saintpaul infection in Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Idaho, Illinois and Indiana. CDC investigators are looking into whether tomatoes were culprits there, too.

    In Texas and New Mexico, raw large tomatoes including Roma and red round tomatoes were found to be a common factor in the 40 illnesses. But no farm, distributor or grocery chain has been identified as the main source, said Casey Barton Behravesh, a CDC epidemiologist working on the investigation.

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    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,362544,00.html

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    I hate when I read this stuff. Last year I was freaked out over the peanut butter.

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    This is huge!

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    Please no.I love to slice tomatos in the summer as a side.

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    I wonder if it was the conditions the tomatoes were grown or processed in? We have a back yard garden and eat them right off the vine

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    Quote Originally Posted by ceeaura View Post
    Please no.I love to slice tomatos in the summer as a side.
    Me too, I had one yesterday.

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    I buy the little ones that are still on the vine!! Very yummy. I just bought some and they're just perfectly ripe and ready to eat. I'm gonna wait and see if they can come up with product names before I eat them, but I'll probably go ahead. The article mentioned "large" tomatoes and mine are very small.

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    I'm confused. Even if you wash off the tomato, you could get salmonella?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taximom View Post
    I'm confused. Even if you wash off the tomato, you could get salmonella?!
    I know that cooking them is a sure way to get rid of it, but I don't know if the tomato is infected, if washing can get rid of all of it.

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    Dang. I have a large one that I was going to eat tomorrow. I'm growing my own for this summer, but they aren't ready yet.


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    I don't get it - I thought salmonella was from stuff that wasn't cooked the whole way (like eggs) - you don't have to cook tomatoes, how can you get salmonella from it??

    Over the summer a great appetizer for tomatoe lovers...
    Slice tomatoes, arrange on a serving platter. Slice fresh mozarella and place on top of tomato slices. Add fresh basil and then drizzle some olive oil over the top. Yummm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bakerprune64 View Post
    I wonder if it was the conditions the tomatoes were grown or processed in? We have a back yard garden and eat them right off the vine
    If you got the tomatoes off your vine you're safe.
    The tomatoes from the 9 states are cause for concern.

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    Great, I'm in Texas and just ate roma tomatoes tonight. I wash vegetables in disinfectant soap before slicing, so I hope that helped. I don't see how salmonella could get inside the tomato unless it's during slicing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeana (DP) View Post
    I buy the little ones that are still on the vine!! Very yummy. I just bought some and they're just perfectly ripe and ready to eat. I'm gonna wait and see if they can come up with product names before I eat them, but I'll probably go ahead. The article mentioned "large" tomatoes and mine are very small.
    I love those tomatoes! Dh and I love sliced tomato, cucumber and onion w/ zesty itallian dressing.

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    I think this is only from tomatoes that aren't washed well. It is in resteraunts where they likely do not wash the produce first or maybe not well enough. I would think you could wash any tomato well enough to not get this. Unlike the green onions they had trouble with before. The green onions have layers that are hard to get too. So you could not wash them well enough to get the bad stuff out.

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