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Tomato Safety: Food Poisoning in Arizona

ARIZ–Contaminated tomatoes in Arizona are the reality. So far most of the cases have been in Texas and New Mexico but five salmonella cases have been found in Arizona — two cases in Apache county and one case each in Maricopa, Pima, and Coconino counties.

One person was hospitalized but so far no deaths. Infants, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems are at the greatest risk.

Nobody should be eating Roma tomatoes and the red round tomatoes, which really do not describe which kind of tomato. They are all red and round. Do they mean beefsteak tomatoes? Plum tomatoes? Campari tomates? Generic tomatoes?

Tomato tip: Don’t purchase tomatoes that are bruised or spoiled. Wash thoroughly eating.

So far, the CDC hasn’t found the source for the tomatoe salmonella food poisoning but the tomatoes could have been contaminated during the growing or the processing phases.

Some Arizona grocery stores have pulled all tomatoes off the shelf as a precaution.


  1. I just returned from a week in San francisco. AFter attending a boat/dinner cruise on Monday night, I woke up in the morning with stomach pains. That day, I had a combo vomiting/diarrhea episode, 15 times. One of those worst days!!! Since then, I have been only wanting a bland diet, and still have a topsy turvy stomach. I look like I’ve become 9 months pregnant, with gas bloat. Still having stomach cramps. It’s taking a long time to get my energy back.

    Don’t know if it was the tomatoes or not. All I know is I don’t want this to happen again! Sherry Ruddell

  2. Sherry, sorry to hear about your illness. I hope you’ll be feeling better soon.

    I was wondering if you’d reported your condition to anyone (and who’s appropriate)? For the safety and concern of others it’s important, but we’re often not sure who to call.

    Here’s the FDA’s web site page on how to report incidents that may involve food, medical products, vaccines, and other health issues:


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