Salmonella Outbreak: Which Tomatoes Are Safe?

McDonald’s, Wal-Mart, Burger King, Outback Steakhouse and Taco Bell have all pulled their fresh tomatoes after 145 people have become ill with salmonellosis, including 23 hospitalizations. The illnesses have been linked to certain types of tomatoes, but not all tomatoes, so here’s a helpful cheat sheet that will keep you salmonella-free:

It’s OK to Eat The Following Tomatoes

  • Cherry tomatoes

  • grape tomatoes
  • tomatoes sold with the vine still attached
  • tomatoes grown at home

In addition, if you know where your tomatoes were grown, you can check this list to see if the tomatoes are associated with the outbreak. If your farmer’s market sells locally grown tomatoes, for example, you’ll want to check this list.

Consumers should be aware that fresh, raw tomatoes are used in salsa, salads, and other prepared foods.

Salmonellosis Outbreak in Certain Types of Tomatoes [FDA]
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