Don’t eat the tomatoes!
Maybe Hoboken’s raw sewage tomatoes aren’t that bad anymore!
Temporary Ban on Raw Tomatoes
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting consumers nationwide that a salmonellosis outbreak appears to be linked to consumption of certain types of raw red tomatoes and products containing raw red tomatoes. The bacteria causing the illnesses are Salmonella serotype Saintpaul, an uncommon type of Salmonella. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is currently following FDA ‘s alert criteria.
Preliminary data suggests that raw red plum, raw red Roma, or raw round red tomatoes are the cause. Sodexo (U.S. and Canada) will be temporarily banning the use of these varieties until further notice.
At this time, consumers should limit their tomato consumption to tomatoes that have not been implicated in the outbreak including: Cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes and tomatoes sold with the vine still attached. These varieties are not part of Sodexo’s temporary ban.
If you have any of the temporarily banned product in stock, DO NOT USE THEM. Label them “Quality Hold – Do Not Use”. Follow instructions from your supplier for their disposition.
Note: Sodexo has not received any reported illnesses related to this outbreak as of the time of this alert. As further detailed information becomes available, we will send updated alerts. For additional regulatory information please refer to the links below.