The U.S. Court of Federal Claims two years ago ruled that food safety warnings are not “regulatory takings” by the government, and, therefore, Uncle Sam does not have to compensate tomato growers who lost money when the public was told tomatoes might have been responsible for a 2008 Salmonella outbreak.

Now the 4th U.S. Circuit…

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…

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,…

Research microbiologist Rebecca Bell observes tomatoes suspended in a plastic bag of a liquid containing nutrients that make it an ideal environment for growing bacteria. Photo courtesy of FDA’s flickr.
A fresh tomato is more than just a tasty addition to a sandwich or salad. To scientists at the Food and…

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…

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,…

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,…

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.

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A month later, their investigations had focused on fresh tomatoes, sliced and consumed in a variety of restaurants. And the tomatoes were, in …

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.

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The contamination was noted after random testing by …