Salmonella Linked to Raw Tomatoes

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By Admin on June 03, 2008 12:44 PM

A salmonella outbreak in New Mexico and Texas has been linked to the consumption of raw tomatoes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Similar illnesses in seven other states are being investigated.

Since late April, 40 persons infected with an identical strain of "Salmonella Saintpaul" have been identified in Texas and New Mexico, and those cases have been linked to uncooked tomatoes, according to CDC. Federal and state health officials continue to investigate the specific type and source of the affected tomatoes, but CDC reports that "preliminary data suggest that large tomatoes -- including Roma and red round -- are the source." According to the Associated Press "[a]nother 30 people have become sick with the same Salmonella Saintpaul infection in Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Idaho, Illinois and Indiana."