I say Tomato, you say Tomahto. I ate some last night!

June 10th, 2008

I guess I just have to sit and wait and hope nothing happens. I did not keep up with the spread of the tomato outbreak. The list I read was for the states that you could eat tomatoes from. I thought it was for the sates you could not eat them from and not seeing Arizona I went ahead and had a nice garden fresh salad with tomatoes.

I’m sure this problem won’t hurt the economy the way that rising oil prices do. It probably won’t have a huge blip on a retailer’s bottom line although whatever sales there were are gone for good and normal sales will probably take a while to recover.

The FDA has said it is safe to eat cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, and tomatoes sold with a vine still attached. I bet you’ll think twice though before you buy any tomatoes.

Albertsons, McDonald’s, Wal-Mart, Burger King, Outback Steakhouse, and Taco Bell among others have halted sales of raw tomatoes

As of this morning there were up to 145 reported cases and 23 hospitalizations associated with this recall. The culprit is Salmonellosis which in healthy people can cause fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and stomach pain.

According to and FDA spokesman you’ll have 2-3 days of discomfort if you are a healthy individual. Children, elderly and people with weakened immune systems may suffer more.

Taking the precaution of boiling your tomatoes for 15 seconds prior to eating them may make them safe. That’s if you can find any for sale and like stewed tomatoes in your salad.

Most retailers believe that they are buying safe products for their consumers. The question is when the FDA determines where the problem products came from and what caused it in the first place will the inforamtion be made available to retailers and what will the accountability be. After all 145 people sick only represents 3,480 work hours lost for now.

Tonight I think I’ll have some fresh fruit.

I look forward to your comments.

Ron

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