One of the busiest weekends for tomato demand has come and gone as people put sliced tomatoes on the burgers and serve at holiday barbecues.
Tomatoes are rotting on the vine or in some packing house because orders are not being picked up.
And now the government is looking at other food culprits like jalapenos.
What if there was nothing ever wrong with the tomatoes and some other ingredient was the cause? I know that’s a big — what if — but what if it’s true and millions of dollars were lost because of a false positive?
It doesn’t look like the government will be able to find the cause and that’s scary in itself. There’s no preventing “it” from happening again.
The number of people who have been sickened by tomato salmonella saintpaul is now up to 943.
In the meantime, all last week I ate tomatoes from local farmers markets and gardens. They were delicious! Buy local.