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Tomatoes got you scared? Check out these Web sites

June 11, 2008

Food safety officials in the United States are still searching for the cause of a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 167 people in 17 states and is believed to be linked to raw round, plum and Roma tomatoes. 

If you want to see whether your state has reported a case, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a site that shows the state-by-state breakdown.

Restaurants and grocery stores have dropped tomatoes like hot potatoes, and many consumers are avoiding them until they get an all-clear from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Many people don’t know that the FDA has published a list of states and countries whose tomatoes are not linked to the outbreak.

FDA also has a site with tips on safe food handling techniques.

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