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Exclamation First it was spinach, then carrot juice, now tomatoes - November 10, 2006, 11:12 AM

Associated Press and Canadian Press


WASHINGTON — Contaminated fresh tomatoes served in restaurants were the cause of a recent salmonella outbreak that sickened dozens of people in 21 states, health officials said Friday.
The outbreak sickened at least 183 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Two cases were also reported in Canada.
The cases of illness peaked in late September, leading officials to believe the outbreak is now over.

There were no reports of deaths, although 22 people were hospitalized. Interviews with victims, including detailed surveys of what they had eaten and where before falling sick, led investigators to suspect restaurant tomatoes as the cause.
“We have identified tomatoes eaten in restaurants as the cause of this outbreak. We don't have any information that a name or a certain type of restaurant is involved. As far as we can tell, it's across the board,” said Dr. Christopher Braden, a foodborne outbreak and surveillance expert with the CDC.

Dr. Braden said one of the two Canadian cases, a woman from Prince Edward Island, “was actually travelling in east coast states at the time of her exposure.”
He said CDC believes the second Canadian case, a person from New Brunswick, is probably part of the outbreak, given that the strain of Salmonella is a genetic match for the one responsible for the U.S. outbreak.
But The Public Health Agency of Canada said the link is not yet proven.
Spokesperson Alain Desroches said it's possible the cases may be part of the U.S. outbreak. But he also noted that the same strain of Salmonella has been found previously in Canada.

The Food and Drug Administration has begun probing the source of the contaminated tomatoes, said Dr. David Acheson, chief medical officer of the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
Outbreaks of salmonella in tomatoes occur periodically. A 2004 outbreak, linked to tomatoes sold in Sheetz convenience stores, sickened more than 400 people.

The states involved in the latest outbreak are: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
The salmonella cases came on the heels of an E. coli outbreak, caused by tainted spinach from California, that killed three people and sickened more than 200 others.
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November 10, 2006, 02:20 PM

Such cheery news as usual


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