Most Area Restaurants Stop Serving Tomatoes

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Since mid April, there have been 145 reported cases of salmonella in 16 states. The illness is caused by Salmonella Saintpaul, an uncommon form of Salmonella. At least 23 hospitalizations have been reported, no deaths have been reported. The majority of cases are in New Mexico and Texas, there is one reported case in Colorado.

The FDA advises consumers to limit tomato consumption to tomatoes not associated with the outbreak. This includes cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, tomatoes sold with the vine still attached and tomatoes grown at home.

The FDA also recommends consuming raw red plum, raw red Roma, or raw red round tomatoes only if grown and harvested from the following areas that have not been associated with the outbreak. Those areas include; Arkansas, California, Georgia, Hawaii, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Belgium, Canada, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Israel, Netherlands, and Puerto Rico.

The illness lasts 4-7 days and symptoms include; diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12-72 hours after infection. Most people recover without treatment.

Most local restaurants have aired on the side of caution and have stopped serving tomatoes.

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