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FDA Update on National Salmonellosis Outbreak June 29, 2008

Posted by Daniel Downs in business, farms, government, health, news.
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On June 27, the FDA reported that it has completed the traceback for some tomatoes associated with the salmonella outbreak. The agency has been able to trace the pathway of some tomatoes from the point of purchase (e.g. supermarket) or consumption (e.g. restaurant) to each point on the distribution chain down to certain farms in Mexico and Florida.

The FDA is now working to narrow the investigation. As part of this, the agency is sending teams of multi-disciplinary experts to both Mexico and Florida this weekend to conduct joint inspections of the farms and other critical points on the supply chain where the tomatoes may have become contaminated.

The FDA investigators will conduct joint inspections with regulators in Mexico and Florida at the farms and other distribution points. Meanwhile, the FDA will continue to collect samples of tomatoes and conduct traceback activities.

Raw red plum, raw red Roma, or raw red round tomatoes may be consumed only if grown and harvested from the following areas that HAVE NOT BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH THE OUTBREAK:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida (counties of: Jackson, Gadsden,
    Leon, Jefferson, Madison, Suwannee, Hamilton,
    Hillsborough, Polk, Manatee, Hardee,
    DeSoto, Sarasota, Highlands, Pasco, Sumter,
    Citrus, Hernando, Charlotte)*
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada New!
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Dominican Republic
  • Guatemala
  • Israel
  • Mexican States (Aguascalientes,
    Baja California Norte, Baja California
    Sur, Campeche, Colima, Chiapas, Chihuahua,
    Distrito Federal, Durango, Guanajuato,
    Guerrero, Hidalgo, México, Michoacán,
    Morelos, Nayarit, Nuevo León,
    Oaxaca, Puebla, Querétaro, Quintana
    Roo, San Luis Potosí, Sonora,
    Tobasco, Tamaulipas, Tlaxcala, Veracruz,
    Yucatán, Zacatecas)
  • Netherlands
  • Puerto Rico

Source: US Food and Drug Administration.

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