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MN Salmonella Outbreak Blamed on Tomatoes Served at Chipotle Restaurants


Tomatoes served at 22 Chipotle Mexican Grill locations in Minnesota were the source of the recent Salmonella Newport outbreak which sickened 64 people and hospitalized nine of them. All are recovering, according to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). Investigators from MDH, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are now working to… Continue Reading

Tomato Growers Lose ‘Takings’ Lawsuit Against FDA


Food safety warnings are not “regulatory takings” by the government, and, therefore, Uncle Sam does not have to compensate tomato growers who lost big money when the public was warned about a 2008 Salmonella outbreak. Tomato “growers, packers, and shippers” in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina have lost the claim they made for federal reimbursement… Continue Reading

Big Red Tomato Packers Issues Recall Over Salmonella


Big Red Tomato Packers LLC of Fort Pierce, FL, is voluntarily issuing a voluntary, limited recall of 790 boxes of fresh tomatoes of lot 1106, sold in 20- and 25-pound units, because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. Tomatoes from the lot were distributed to a limited number of receivers in Florida, North Carolina, Michigan, Minnesota,… Continue Reading

Cherry Tomatoes Recalled in Florida for Salmonella Contamination


A Florida company is recalling 120 pints of its cherry tomatoes because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. Alderman Farms Sales Corporation of Boynton Beach, FL issued a voluntary recall of its organic cherry tomatoes Friday after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration discovered Salmonella in a sample of the product. The affected tomatoes were… Continue Reading

Cherry Tomatoes Recalled for Possible Salmonella


Rio Queen Citrus is recalling 840 cartons of Dry Pints of Mexican cherry tomatoes in “Karol” brand boxes due to possible Salmonella contamination. According to Rio Queen, the tomatoes were distributed through retail stores in Texas and South Carolina. According to local news station WOWT, however, the tomatoes were also distributed to Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois,… Continue Reading

Another MDP Recall: Grape Tomatoes in 3 States for Salmonella


Menno Beachy of Cresco, Iowa, is recalling one-pint containers of Certified Organic Grape Tomatoes because they may be contaminated with Salmonella, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday. According to FDA, a food distributor in Minnesota sold 15 cases containing 12 one-pint containers of the grape tomatoes to retail stores in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and… Continue Reading

Tomatoes and Salmonella: An Ongoing Case Study

In the fall of 2006, health officials in Minnesota and Vermont reported multiple cases of Salmonella Typhimurium poisoning with matching genetic patterns.  Working with federal officials, they began looking for a source. A month later, their investigations had focused on fresh tomatoes, sliced and consumed in a variety of restaurants. And the tomatoes were, in… Continue Reading

Salmonella Test Prompts Grape Tomato Recall

Front Row Produce of St. Louis, MO is recalling 10 oz. pint and 10 lb. bulk grape tomatoes supplied by Rio Queen Citrus of Mission, TX because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.  The tomatoes were distributed throughout Missouri and Illinois to food service distributors and retail stores. The contamination was noted after random testing by… Continue Reading

Research Project to Determine How to Make Salad Safe

Saying it will be one of the most comprehensive studies of fresh produce ever conducted, the University of Maryland Center for Food Safety and Security Systems on Thursday announced an ambitious, $9 million research project to provide scientific guidance on the safest ways to grow, pack, transport and store salad fixings. “Ever since 2006, when… Continue Reading