Salmonella outbreak frustrates tomato farmers

The Food and Drug Administration still has not determined the origin of the U.S. salmonella outbreak last month. Farmers and distributors of tomatoes, the prime suspect, are growing angry as many consumers have stopped buying tomatoes altogether for fear of becoming ill, which has resulted in slumping sales.

According to the Wall Street Journal, “the regulators said they can’t pinpoint a region, or even a country, where the outbreak might have started. It might even be possible, they said, that tomatoes aren’t to blame,” as “many victims ate tomatoes combined in dishes such as salsa and guacamole.” The FDA has collected and tested 1,700 tomato samples in the U.S. and Mexico, and all have returned negative for salmonella.

For further info, read the articles in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

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