Salmonella Outbreak Traced to Tomatoes

At least 87 reported cases in nine states
By Laurel Jorgensen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2008 2:10 AM CDT
Tomatoes are being blamed for 57 reported cases of salmonella in New Mexico and Texas.   (Flickr)
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(Newser) – Tomatoes may be the source of a salmonella outbreak across nine states, Reuters reports. Health officials blame tomatoes for 57 reported salmonella cases in Texas and New Mexico since April, and the agency is investigating possible connections to cases in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas and Utah. At least 17 people have been hospitalized, with no deaths reported. Early information indicates that raw red plum, red Roma, or round red tomatoes are the cause of the outbreak.