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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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2008-07-10 12:00:00

By Stephen J. Hedges Salmonella poisoning has sickened more than 1,000 people in 41 states, the District of Columbia and Canada, and federal health officials have now linked jalapeno and serrano peppers to the outbreak. Illinois has reported 100 salmonella-related illnesses, the second highest total among affected states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and 26 state residents have been hospitalized. Texas and New Mexico, where the outbreak was first detected,...

2008-07-10 09:00:04

By LAURAN NEERGAARD By Lauran Neergaard The Associated Press WASHINGTON More than 1,000 people have become ill from salmonella initially linked to raw tomatoes, a sobering milestone on Wednesday that makes this the worst food-borne outbreak in at least a decade. Adding to the confusion, the government is warning certain people to avoid types of hot peppers, too. Certain raw tomatoes - red round, plum and Roma - remain a chief suspect, and the government stressed on Wednesday...

2008-07-09 03:00:04

FRESNO, Calif. - Expect fewer slices of red, ripe tomatoes next to the grill this holiday weekend. Since a salmonella scare has caused many customers to shun what's normally a summer favorite, tomato farmers across the nation have had to plow under their fields and leave their crop to rot in packinghouses. As losses across the supply chain top $100 million, industry leaders are calling for a congressional investigation into the government's handling of the unsolved outbreak....

2008-07-08 12:00:05

BRADENTON, Fla. _ Main ingredients in fresh salsa such as jalapeno, cilantro and Serrano peppers have become the lead suspects in a salmonella outbreak initially blamed on certain types of raw tomatoes. When the investigation began more than two months ago, the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an advisory, warning consumers against eating raw red plum, red Roma and round red tomatoes unless they were grown and harvested in states that appeared on...


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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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abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.