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Don't Eat Raw Tomatoes! Salmonella Cases Show Up Around 9 States Linked To Tomatoes

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Jun. 4, 2008 12:00 AM

CHICAGO, (Reuters) - Health authorities are looking into an outbreak of Salmonella food poisoning in U.S. nine states, with illnesses blamed in two of the states, Texas and New Mexico, on eating raw tomatoes, officials said on Tuesday.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in those two states there have been 57 reported cases of illness caused by an uncommon type of Salmonella bacteria called SaintPaul since late April.



Texans are urged not to eat certain raw tomatoes because of a multistate outbreak of Salmonella.


5 in Ariz. sick after salmonella outbreak

Betty Beard
The Arizona Republic
Jun. 4, 2008 12:00 AM
A salmonella outbreak that may be linked to eating uncooked red tomatoes has erupted in Arizona and other states, the Arizona Department of Health Services announced Tuesday.

Five people became sick in Arizona with a strain called "salmonella St. Paul" that in other states is believed to have been caused by raw tomatoes.


ATLANTA - An outbreak of salmonella food poisoning first linked to uncooked tomatoes has now been reported in nine states, U.S health officials said Tuesday.

Lab tests have confirmed 40 illnesses in Texas and New Mexico as the same type of salmonella, right down to the genetic fingerprint. An investigation by Texas and New Mexico health authorities and the Indian Health Service tied those cases to uncooked, raw, large tomatoes.

CDC: Tomatoes Eyed in Salmonella Cases in 9 States

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