Seventeen people have been hospitalized because of a salmonella outbreak that the CDC is now linking to large, raw tomatoes. There have been 40 cases in Texas and New Mexico, as well as an additional 30 cases in 7 other states. The exact source of the tomatoes is still unknown. [AP]

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  1. Uriel says:

    shit, everyone eats raw tomatoes.

  2. u1itn0w2day says:

    I’ve always heard that the salad bar is one of the most contaminated area as is salad type food.

    Had frequent stomach trouble after eating at a local Mickey Ds(closest cheapest place)-thought it was all the grease(frequently had 2 meals a day there).Saw a report on ecoli and salad bars.For the heck of it I just got plain hamgurgers with nothing more than cheese and my stomach problems went away.

    Be aware that ANY food can mess you up.

  3. Letsgohokies says:

    @Uriel: apparently everyone is eating raw shitty tomatoes

  4. timmus says:

    That WCAX article is a really crappy source… it was practically phoned in.

    This is a much better source: [www.cdc.gov] and heck, it’s from CDC itself. Let me paraphrase:
    (1) nobody knows anything about what’s going on
    (2) it does appear to involve big tomatoes
    (3) wash ‘em

    Guess that’s what we pay CDC the big bucks for.

  5. fisherman23 says:

    Damn, I just ate raw tomatoes in New Mexico!!!

  6. speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

    In Houston and eating raw tomatoes without fear; I belong to a local food co-op and I know the grower.

  7. Shit I had a cheeseburger in Austin Saturday.

  8. @yourfriendandneighbor: (with tomatoes on it, obvs.)

  9. Sherryness says:

    @timmus: Washing them won’t always help. If there are infected birds nearby where these are grown, that could be the problem. There are little imperfections/holes in tomatoes a lot of the time as they are growing. Birds poop in them. And the salmonella flourishes WITHIN the tomatoes. You could wash them all day long and not get rid of the infection within.

  10. tricky69 says:

    @timmus:

    Unfortunately not as many big bucks as you think. Bush has systematically tried to cut as much money as possible over the years from the CDC, as well as similar organizations.

    [thinkprogress.org]

  11. tricky69 says:

    Here’s another link with the current cuts information

    [www.apha.org]

  12. mikelotus says:

    @yourfriendandneighbor: that’s nice and so you don’t have salmonella then. Unless you had that cheeseburger actually on Sunday morning, you would be puking and shitting your guts out by now. And it takes at least 6 hours after eating to have symptoms. You know you have it when its coming out at both ends at the same time.

  13. coffee177 says:

    And the 7 other states are??????????

  14. @u1itn0w2day: Are you sure it wasn’t psychosomatic?

  15. B says:

    @Sherryness: Bird poop in tomatoes? Thanks, I’m never eating them again.

  16. SahuaritaSam says:

    The CDC and the Arizona & New Mexico Departments of Health Services are saying it’s safe to eat tomatoes that are still attached to the vine. Plenty of tomatoes are sold this way. I’d just buy those varieties until this passes.

    When you grow in an open field, the level of containment and ability to have a less than fresh tomato goes up.

  17. Sherryness says:

    @B: You’re welcome. That’s exactly why I stopped eating raw tomatoes. And have dreams of growing my own hothouse tomatoes someday.

  18. vrn3b says:

    Reminds me of the crazy conspiracy theory I read on NaturalNews.com: The Food Irradiation Plot

    It goes a little something like this:

    - that recent study supposedly showing the only way to safely wash spinach is through irradiation (?!) was in fact and unbeknownst to the public, solicited by big pharma.
    – gov’t intentionally gets a little “sloppy” on food inspections over the next little while so that contaminated veggie stories make the headlines
    – gov’t waits for public to demand that “something be done”
    – gov’t pulls out this crazy study and says, this is all we can do
    – panicked public accepts said crazy study, fearing for their lives from the “unsafe” veggies
    – all raw food is irradiated by new gov’t regulations, thereby killing a lot of the “still living” stuff in the veggies which contain a lot of their veggie – goodness
    – people get sicker because the veggies they’re eating for health now provide much fewer health benefits
    – big pharmaceutical companies swoop in with drugs to make people better
    – pharma companies and their investors make tons of $$ (much of which goes to political contributions)

    This guy is either nuts or on to something. (Or both!)

    Hydroponic indoor veggie gardening, anyone?