Where did the tomatoes go?

I have to admit I am not that great about keeping up with my current events, so if it is not in Engadget or my various gardening RSS feeds I haven’t heard about it. So after the second day I noticing the lack of tomatoes in the cafeteria at work I had to investigate. For anyone who watches the news or reads a newspaper apparently there was a widespread outbreak of salmonella in raw red plum, red Roma and round red tomatoes with reports in almost every state in the US according to the FDA.

If you have been thinking about growing your own tomatoes (or any other produce) and the thought of having a constant supply of fresh produce in your backyard, better taste, more selection, and increased prices for produce was not enough for you to start. Now you can add safety can be added to the list with the reassurance that you know exactly what has gone into the soil of the food you are eating.

4 Responses to “Where did the tomatoes go?”

  1. Matron Says:

    So strange to find salmonella in tomatoes! I thought it was just in eggs and chickens. I wonder if it was IN the tomatoes or ON the skins from the people handling them?


  2. The Cheap Vegetable Gardner Says:

    I think as of today they are not exactly sure, since the strain is so rare and has been seen from producers in Florida and Mexico seems more likely the contamination would be on the skin during transport. Might remember a couple years ago was the whole spinach e-coli oubreak.


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