After a salmonella food poisoning outbreak in 16 states, federal health officials have issued a warning about eating store-bought tomatoes or tomatoes that are eaten uncooked in restaurants.
The specific types and sources of the suspect tomatoes are under investigation. However, preliminary data suggest that raw red plum; raw red Roma or raw round red tomatoes are the cause. There have been 145 reported infections since mid-April.
According to FDA officials, "At this time, consumers should limit their tomato consumption to tomatoes that have not been implicated in the outbreak. These include cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, tomatoes sold with the vine still attached, and tomatoes grown at home."
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