Tomato growers slam FDA as salmonella outbreak continues

Was slicing tomatoes from our menus worth it?

More than 1,200 people in 42 states now have been sickened by a rare strain of salmonella bacteria carried on tomatoes … or maybe hot peppers. Or maybe both.

Federal investigators on Thursday said they still aren't sure but declared all tomatoes now on the market safe to eat.

Americans have continued to get sick – at a rate of about 20 people per day – even after the Food and Drug Administration's June 7 warning to not eat three popular types of tomatoes drove restaurants, distributors and grocery stores to dump tomatoes by the crate at an estimated cost of $100 million to $250 million.

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