Tomato salmonella scare has been linked to farms in Mexico and Florida but the actual bacteria is still a mystery.
An associate for the FDA said that the raw roma tomatoes, raw plum tomatoes, and raw round tomatoes may not have been necessarily affected on the farms because the strain of tomato salmonella is too rare to develop in both places. The problem may be at a packing station.
The number of tomato salmonella food poisoning surged to 552 cases in 32 states and D.C. 53 people have been hospitalized and a cancer patient died. People with compromised immune systems, the elderly, and pregnant woman are hit hardest by salmonella food poisoning.
Investigators will visit the farms this weekend after several trace-backs linking tomatoes to victims, retailers and restaurants, distributors and suppliers. The FDA has not yet implicated the farms
A new cluster of cases in Texas could shed more light on the tomatoes circulation chain.
The FDA has excluded 40 states as sources of the outbreak. Parts of Florida and the Mexican state of Baja California also were cleared.