Food and Drug Administration clears Baja Mexico in probe of tomato salmonella scare.
Baja Mexico began its tomato harvest April 26 and the earliest known patient in the salmonella outbreak fell sick on April 10. (But why didn’t it get into the media until June?)
So far the tomato salmonella scare has sickened 277 people which is almost 50 more people than last week. Over 40 people have been hospitalized from the tomato salmonella.
Five more states — Arkansas, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina and Ohio — and Washington, D.C., have reported patients, up from 23 states last week, although some of these people might have been infected while traveling.
The FDA is urging consumers nationwide to avoid raw red plum, red Roma or red round tomatoes like campari tomatoes unless they were grown in specific states or countries that FDA has cleared of suspicion. Grape tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and tomatoes sold with the vine still attached are safe to eat.