The Salmonella is Spreading...

The salmonella linked to uncooked tomatoes has now spread to 16 states. The Associated Press reports:
Investigations by the Texas and New Mexico Departments of Health and the U.S. Indian Health Service have tied 56 cases in Texas and 55 in New Mexico to raw, uncooked, tomatoes.

"We're seeing a steady increase," Deborah Busemeyer, New Mexico Department of Health communications director, said Saturday.

An additional 50 people have been sickened by the same Salmonella "Saintpaul" infection in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

Investigators are trying to determine if raw tomatoes also are responsible for the illnesses in those states, said Arleen Porcell, a CDC spokeswoman.
Hopefully this doesn’t get as bad as the spinach-E. coli outbreak.
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LolaBloom - June 9, 2008 4:06 PM

You know, this got me a bit freaked out yesterday as I was at a Qdoba here in WA state and they had a sign saying that bc of the CDC alert, they were removing all fresh tomatoes from their food.

What happens if there are multiple food sources affected at once? Are they going to pull our nation's food supply of everything vs figuring out who the offenders are?

I think it's important to note that salmonella isn't an uncooked tomato deal, it's because the tomatoes have been contaminated by some external source... likely fecal matter in the water which often is tainted by near-by factor farms. Since factory farms use up something like 1/3 of the planets non-ice land, you'd be surprised how many veggie growers have their land right alongside those feedlots.... ICK.

Sara - June 9, 2008 11:07 PM

Good point. Tomatoes are not suddenly evil. A batch of them were contaminated. Now if they would just find which ones. How about washing tomatoes well before use. It's just as likely something else could get contaminated. I'm not going to stop eating tomatoes or spinach for that matter. I will be happy when our local CSA tomatoes are ripe and we don't have to worry.

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