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2008-07-19 06:00:00

By Jennifer Gish, Albany Times Union, N.Y. Jul. 19--Mike Ryan, vice president of W.F. Ryan Produce in Colonie, doesn't want to be one to say "I told you so" when it came to the tomato scare, but he did. When the Food and Drug Administration warned consumers on June 7 that certain tomato varieties may be the source of a nationwide salmonella outbreak, Ryan didn't pull a single tomato off the shelves, choosing instead to talk to his customers about the safety practices of the farmers who...

2008-07-18 06:00:00

By Jonathan D. Rockoff, The Baltimore Sun Jul. 18--WASHINGTON -- After warning Americans for six weeks against eating certain kinds of tomatoes, federal health officials gave the all-clear yesterday -- without ever finding solid evidence that tomatoes were the cause of the largest outbreak of food-borne illness in at least a decade. In lifting the salmonella warning, the Food and Drug Administration met the demands of the tomato industry, which had been requesting the action. But the...

2008-07-18 06:00:39

By Elaine Walker, The Miami Herald Jul. 18--Consumers can start eating all types of tomatoes again without worries about getting sick. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday lifted its salmonella warnings on tomatoes, while advising at risk consumers to limit their consumption of fresh jalapeno and serrano peppers. The warning applies to infants, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems. The FDA's decision is a step in the right direction for Florida tomato growers,...

2008-07-18 06:00:11

By Julie Schmit Federal officials said Thursday that all tomatoes on the U.S. market are safe to eat but they still don't know what's causing a salmonella outbreak that's sickened thousands over the past three months. Jalapeno and serrano peppers remain the focus of the Food and Drug Administration's investigation. The FDA repeated warnings that consumers at high risk, such as the very young and old, avoid eating them. FDA inspectors are examining a pepper-packing shed in Mexico,...

2008-07-16 21:00:21

IRVINE, Calif., July 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Western Growers' President and CEO Tom Nassif sent a letter yesterday to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach urging him to make a strong public announcement that all tomatoes grown in the United States, regardless of variety, are safe to eat. "Although tomatoes in California were never associated with this outbreak our growers are suffering," wrote Nassif in the letter. "Some have left fruit to rot on the...

2008-07-16 21:00:14

A recent national salmonella outbreak in some tomato varieties has sent grocery stores, restaurants and tomato product producers scrambling to find sources. One place they've been able to connect with tomato growers is through the MarketMaker Web site. "The local tomato farmers listed on that site are source- verified, so consumers know where the tomatoes came from and how they were grown," said Dar Knipe, University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist. Sandy Shetler manages the Web...

2008-07-15 06:00:41

By Jonathan D. Rockoff, The Baltimore Sun Jul. 15--WASHINGTON -- Frustrated tomato growers and sellers have asked the government to lift a five-week-old salmonella warning and want taxpayers to reimburse them for losses that could exceed $100 million, industry officials said yesterday. Tomato farmers, packers and distributors made the request to the Food and Drug Administration last week, a month after the agency first told consumers to avoid eating certain tomatoes from suspected...

2008-07-14 09:00:48

Mexican ministry:FDA study shows Mexican tomatoes not salmonella- tainted source MEXICO CITY, July 10 (Xinhua) -- The Mexican Agriculture Ministry said U.S. health authorities have confirmed that Mexican tomatoes are not the source of the salmonella outbreak in 23 American states, local media reported Thursday. Mexican Agriculture Secretary Alberto Cardenas said earlier that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ended its tests on Mexican tomatoes, and the results showed that...

2008-07-12 09:00:06

By Sarah Tompkins, Detroit Free Press Jul. 12--At least 19 Michiganders have fallen ill from the Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak that has stricken many states and is associated with raw tomatoes and possibly other fresh foods, the Michigan Department of Community Health said Friday. The department reported food poisoning victims ranged from 2 years old to 78, and there were cases in nine counties, including two cases in Wayne County. Five people have been hospitalized, state health...

2008-07-12 03:00:24

By Megan Sexton, The State, Columbia, S.C. Jul. 12--J.W. "Red" Rutland is 83 years old. He works about 55 hours a week as a receiver at a Lexington grocery. And he grows tomatoes to die for. Each summer, his garden off Corley Mill Road produces hundreds of tomatoes, grown without any pesticides or chemicals. Many of those tomatoes are sold at 14 Carrot Whole Foods in Lexington (where he also works). Others are given away to friends and family -- or eaten by Rutland (preferably between...


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Flavr Savr
2013-10-03 09:43:32

Flavr Savr, also known as CGN-89564, a genetically modified tomato, was the first commercially grown genetically engineered food to be granted a license for human consumption. It was produced by the Californian company Calgene, and submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1992. On May 18, 1994, the FDA completed its evaluation of the Flavr Savr tomato and the usage of APH(3’)II, concluding that the tomato “is as safe as tomatoes bred by conventional means” and “that the...

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