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Tomato Salmonella Investigation Continues

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Officials from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) say they are still investigating whether tomatoes from Mexico and a few Florida counties are to blame for a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 167 people across the U.S. While tomatoes from 19 Florida counties have been cleared in the outbreak, several in central Florida, as well as Dade and Collier in the southern part of the state, are still being investigated. Dade County tomatoes account for about 10 percent of the total Florida tomato crop.

Mexican tomatoes are prime suspects in the outbreak. Mexico, the largest exporter of fresh tomatoes to the U.S., supplies most of its tomatoes to the U.S. in the winter months, supplementing Florida’s output. The bulk of Salmonella cases linked to the tomatoes are located in the southwest United States, and there have been no reported illnesses in Florida.

The investigation is focusing on growers in areas where tomatoes were being harvested in April, around the time the first cases of Salmonella poisoning were being reported. Crops in Mexico and Florida would have been coming in around that time.

So far, Salmonella-tainted tomatoes have been implicated in 167 illnesses in 17 states. New Mexico accounts for 39 cases, while Texas has reported 56 illnesses. In Texas, Salmonella has been listed as a contributing factor in the death of a cancer patient who became ill after eating fresh salsa at a Mexican restaurant.

Since the outbreak began in mid-April, health officials has been trying to determine exactly where the Salmonella-tainted tomatoes came from. Already deemed safe to eat are cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes and those sold with the vine. The FDA also said that tomatoes from growers in Arkansas, California, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Belgium, Canada, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Israel, the Netherlands and Puerto Rico.
According to the FDA, there are about 1.4 million cases of Salmonella poisoning a year, resulting in about 15,000 hospitalizations and 400 deaths. Only about three cases of the strain involved in this outbreak – St. Paul – are generally reported each year.

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