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14 States and counting in the 2008 Salmonella Tomato Outbreak – Possible Link to 2006 Spinach E. coli Outbreak?

According to the CDC, since late April, at least 105 people infected with Salmonella Saintpaul with the same genetic fingerprint have been identified in the United States.  New Mexico (36) and Texas (35) were first to report.  In addition, 34 other people with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Saintpaul have been reported since mid-April in residents of Arizona (7 persons), Colorado (1), Idaho (2), Illinois (12), Indiana (1), Kansas (3), Oklahoma (3), Utah (1), Virginia (2), and Wisconsin (2).  There are also press reports of Salmonella illnesses in several other states, including Washington, California and Oregon.  CDC needs to update its map.

In addition, I was reading the online version of the WSJ this morning and saw this line:

[The FDA] said the tomatoes may have come from one region, similar to the spinach E. coli outbreak in the fall of 2006.

I assume that the FDA and the reporters mean that, like the Dole Spinach E. coli outbreak of 2006, which was linked to the Salinas Valley, this Salmonella Tomato outbreak may also be linked to a specific region – not the Salinas Valley – I bet California hopes so anyway.

  • Nicole

    I couldn’t imagine how salmonella could get into so many tomatoes (When I think salmonella, I think poultry) so I did some reading and was amazed at the number of ways this can happen including, if I read this correctly, from the seed itself?? No one seems to know and I imagine it is hard to find the exact cause, which of course is not good for the tomato growers or us. I love tomatoes. I guess I will grow my own and hope my seeds are healthy.

  • Andy

    There is a good chance that the tomatoes with salmonella were not contaminated with field workers not washing their hands. Neither from the growers using untreated irrigation water. Their is a very good possibility that the tomatoes were contaminated during the transportation stage. Many truck drivers haul meat, poultry, and pork and don’t bother to clean or wash the trailers. That’s were’s there’s good possibility were the contaminated tomatoes came from.

  • cassandra

    what are the researched results for why this happend????

  • MayISaySth

    Why the food products in North America are so deadly?
    Aug 2008, Maple Leaf deadly listeria bacteria outbreak, so far got 1 death, & 17 sick.
    Jun 2008, salmonella tomato got 100+ folks sick in 14 US States.
    Sep 2006, Dole Spinach E. coli outbreak got 4 death, 200+ in 26 US States and Canada.
    Sep 2006, Bolthouse carrot juice botulism outbreak, 2 Toronto residents paralysized, 1 Florida woman & 3 Georgia folks hospitalized.
    And much more in http://www.wsws.org/articles/2006/dec2006/food-d21.shtml