The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning that an uncommon form of salmonella has been linked to certain types of raw red tomatoes and foods containing raw red tomatoes. Here's how you can stay in the clear of salmonella:
There have been 167 reported cases of salmonella caused by the rare form that has been found in raw red plum, and roma and round tomatoes. The bacteria CANNOT be eliminated by simply washing, so consumers are advised to avoid raw red plum, roma, and round tomatoes completely (and foods containing them) for the time being. However, you should wash ANY produce you buy at the store or your market, or grow in your own backyard.
The following types of tomatoes have NOT been linked to the outbreak and are safe to eat:
- cherry tomatoes
- grape tomatoes
- tomatoes still on the vine
- tomatoes grown at home
Furthermore, tomatoes in the following areas have NOT been linked to the outbreak:
- New York
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
- Dominican Republic
- Puerto Rico
If you are unsure of the origin of your tomatoes, please contact the store or place of purchase to inquire.