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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

This Isn't Pretty Either...

This week, growers are panicking that a 17-state salmonella outbreak linked to raw tomatoes could turn their summer market upside down. On Tuesday, federal authorities cleared fresh tomatoes being harvested in Florida and all those grown in California -- the nation's top two tomato-producing states -- of responsibility in the national food poisoning scare, which has sickened 167 people since April. But farmers said the list of safe-to-eat varieties still isn't enough to convince consumers that tomatoes are safe for salads and salsas, or to move their crops back on grocery shelves and restaurant menus. The outbreak is especially hurting Mexican growers because they can't sell their crops to U.S. buyers. On Tuesday, a major Mexican tomato-growers' association said U.S. importers had stopped buying their winter tomatoes. More here.

posted by CASFS 2006 @ 11:19 PM


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