Monday, June 09, 2008

Tainted Tomatoes

Tomatoes have been identified as the source of salmonella poisoning in 145 people in several states in the US over the last 2 months. It is best to avoid Roma and round red tomatoes. Tomatoes that are considered safe to eat are cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, tomatoes that are still on the vine, and home grown tomatoes.

For updates see this Food and Drug Administration page.

You may recall this review from a previous contamination that involved spinach.
Salmonella is a bacteria that is transmitted to humans by eating foods that are contaminated by animal or human feces. It does not cause any change in the smell or taste of the food that it infects. It is the most frequently reported cause of food borne illnesses in the US - 1.4 million cases annually.

Symptoms of salmonella infection include diarrhea, cramps, fever, and vomiting. The symptoms may be much more severe in young children, the elderly, and in the immunocompromised patients. Although the illness may resolve spontaneously after 7 days, it may take several months before the bowels return to normal. A small percentage of the people may also develop joint pain, painful urination, and eye irritation that may last for months to years.


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webialist said...

Thanks a lot for this info.I hear about that in Canada but I haven't any information about that.

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Darin said...

Wow, I think tomato is save to eat in fresh, but maybe bad treatment after harvesting will make tomato contaminated with salmonella.. well it is true, better we eat our own tomato grown in our backyard..

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Hi Dr Razavi,

I am tomato lover, so how can i know that tomato already tainted? @ what method can i use to test that tomato not infected?

fazli239 said...

Thanks for all the info. More people need to be made aware of this GOOD information.Im so glad I found this post! Interesting!! tHANKS !!

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Fernando said...

I kept hearing something about tainted tomatoes and I didn't know what it was about. THANKS, I feel so much safer.

wisdom said...

Thanks for the information. I went to the bathroom quite frequently yesterday and also didn't feel normal today. I have been eating tomatoes, but hopefully homegrown tomatoes with no problems.

Awais said...

Thank you for providining such great info about the tomato and salmonella becteria.
I think such info about the food and germs is very use full for the cure of minor and common diseases and condition like hair loss, acne and other hair and skin care problems.
tomato is very rich food and full of many healthy ingrediants.
Anyhow your all blog is very useful but I like this post very much due to the usefull and scientific info about the the food, because as I mentioned in above lines that for common condition like hairloss and Acne etc it is very usefull.
And many org related to these disease also agree with this like hairloss counter etc.