With a rising number of illnesses, the Food and Drug Administration says this is becoming one of the largest tomato salmonella outbreaks ever. The FDA says this is a rare form of salmonella that they are trying to put a stop to.
Whether you call it a fruit or a vegetable, if it's on the shelf at the store--many people aren't buying it. "We've pretty much stayed away from the tomatoes." said Kelvin Ellis, a Tallahassee resident.
But for others, they could care less about potentially bad tomatoes at the market. Take them at your own risk or leave them, the Food and Drug Administration says it is investigating Florida and Mexico as the possible source of the tainted tomatoes. Investigators did not say farms are necessarily responsible, they will be looking into how tomatoes were distributed from Florida and Mexico as well. The Florida Department of Agriculture says Florida's farms would be an unlikely culprit.
"They're not saying it did or it didn't. What they're saying is, it could of happened anywhere along the distribution point" said Liz Compton with the Florida Department of Agriculture.
While the Food and Drug Administration finds the true source of the salmonella, people can take farming tomatoes into their own hands. "We have our own tomato bushes in the back and we've been eating tomato sandwiches for about two weeks now." said Eve Haney, another Tallahassee Resident.
To be clear on the tomato situation, the FDA says Georgia is not associated with harvesting tomatoes associated with the outbreak and neither are some parts of Florida. You can find a link to the FDA web site below to see exactly which areas have been cleared. In the meantime, the FDA does not ask that you stop eating tomatoes, just find out where your tomatoes are coming from.
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