Another reason to grow your own tomatoes

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."

Garden Harvest Supply has a large selection of tomato plants, including a large selection of heirloom tomato varieties.  The best way to ensure you have safe, fresh tomatoes is to pick them out of your own garden.  Help avoid exposure to the Salmonella bacteria by growing your own tomatoes.  This is a great time to add these plants to your patio pots or garden plots!  

Here is link to the FDA article. We have also included a link to the MSNBC article.

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    June 18, 2008 at 11:24 am

    NEW YORK – Six new illness connected to tainted tomatoes have been confirmed in New York City, health officials said. The New York City Health Department said Wednesday that seven people in the area have been sickened by salmonella since a nationwide outbreak connected to raw tomatoes was first reported this month.

    The U.S. government counts 228 illnesses in 23 states linked to salmonella-tainted tomatoes, and is urging consumers nationwide to avoid raw red plum, red Roma or red round tomatoes unless they were grown in specific states or countries that the Food and Drug Administration has cleared of suspicion. Check FDA’s Web site for an updated list

    This info was taken from the MSNBC web site.

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    June 30, 2008 at 3:46 am

    Do-it-yourselfers get busy. Some consumers are even taking things into their own hands, choosing to grow their own tomatoes so they don't have to worry. Karen Sapp, owner of Tomato Growers Supply Co., a national distributor in Fort Myers, Fla., said sales of tomato seeds were up 20 percent this year.

    Ron Gagliardo, a botanist at the Atlanta Botanic Garden, said backyard growing was a good idea.

    Does it taste better because you grew it? Gagliardo asked. Yes … and we know what is in it.

    If nothing else, said Wendi Harrison, the grower in Virginia, the scare has brought about positive changes in buyers.

    I hate to say that the scare is good, but it does raise people's awareness of where their food is coming from, she said.

    This info was taken from the MSNBC web site.

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