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Tomato Recall of June 2008 Is FDA Salmonella Alert

Armen Hareyan's picture

The recent FDA warning is not really a Tomato recall, but rather in June 2008 McDonald's, Wal-Mart stop some tomato sales due to Salmonella risk. Some people have coined it FDA 2008 tomato recall, but there is no official report that one company has recalled tomatoes, but rather food retailers taking tomatoes out of shelves due to associated health risks.

The Food and Drug Administration is alerting consumers in New Mexico and Texas that a salmonella outbreak is linked to raw red plum, red Roma, or round red tomatoes. This problem seems to be associated only with states in the Southwest, but has raised food concerns throughout the world as tomato season comes full bloom.

The tomatoes in question are associated with 57 cases of salmonella (17 have been hospitalized). On June 3rd, the FDA announced their warning. The story hit Good Morning America today (a little late, don't you think?)

According to the FDA, "Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections particularly in young children, frail or elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain."

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Apparently, these suspect tomatoes actually came from Mexico, and are not the fault of U.S. produce industry.

However, according to Marion Nestle's What to Eat blog, the FDA created a "tomato safety initiative" in 2007 which is voluntary for growers in U.S. and Mexico. Nestle is calling for a mandatory initiative, based upon globalization and food safety risks.

I would venture to say that Nestle is on to something here.

Also, just as a tip, always wash your produce before you eat it. You never know where it's been and who has touched it before you. Also since the news is developing keep an eye for tomato recall news to see if it may be in your area.

Reported by Because I Played Sports Blog.