Where Local and Global Appetites Collide

Is Repackaging Tomatoes the Problem?

This New York Times blog says that so far no one has been able to find the culprit of the tomato salmonella cause of food poisoning.

I said the other day, what if tomatoes are not the problem?

According to the New York Times blog, the problem could be in the repackaging when tomatoes from many growers are shipped to one destination to be repackaged based on further need.

Another theory is maybe it’s not the tomatoes; maybe it’s the other ingredients in salsa. A few years ago there was a green onion scare or maybe the peppers or avocados.

I guess today, we’ll never know.

This is one more reason to buy local and buy from the local mom-and-pop farm or community supported agriculture where any sickness would be easy to trace.


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