Friday, June 06, 2008

FDA Issues Tomato Warning -- Grow Your Own

I just read that the FDA issued a warning in New Mexico and Texas for tomatoes because there has been an outbreak of Salmonella Saintpaul, a more unusual strain of salmonella. The report which I read on Food Navigator News says, "Since late April, 57 persons infected with Salmonella Saintpaul with the same genetic fingerprint have been identified in Texas (24 persons) and New Mexico (33 persons). Patients range in age from 3 to 82 years, and at least 17 persons were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported", said the US CDC.

They aren't sure if the salmonella is linked to a grower, a packing plant or is geographical. What I'd recommend, as usual, is that you grow your own tomatoes or buy them from someone that you know. Shop the farmer's market when possible. So if there's a problem you know that you can go to the straight to the source.

My guess is that there won't be problems. Remember that buying from the industrial food chain seems to be part of a recipe for disaster. And likely, you will have better tasting tomatoes, the closer that they are grown to home. Out the back door may be best but if not, get them from someone you know who is close by.

Summer tomatoes -- oh, joy.

1 comment:

ankur said...

I dont take every DFDA warning seriously . They have strange way of doing things

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