The tomato scare is certainly getting a lot of attention, isn’t it? I don’t remember the FDA being quite this cautious with foods in the past. Tomatoes are being pulled from restaurant menus as well as grocery shelves. This particular, and unusual, type of salmonella is called salmonella saintpaul.
Monday morning, the FDA reported there have been 145 reported cases of salmonella saintpaul since mid-April. It’s been identified in Washington, Oregon and 15 other states. Twenty-three people have been hospitalized.
By day’s end, though, the number shot up to 166.
Federal officials have said that cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, tomatoes sold with the vine still attached and homegrown tomatoes are likely not the source of the outbreak. It seems to me that most people are avoiding ALL tomatoes, just to be safe.
I really, really, really feel badly for farmers. The economy’s bad enough without them having this hit them. What a terrible waste. It makes me want to go to the Farmer’s Markets and buy even more of everything else. Oh, yeah, I see me spending a lot of time at roadside stands – even more than usual.