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2008-06-27 18:00:24

By Susan Salisbury, The Palm Beach Post, Fla. Jun. 27--Florida Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson said Thursday he is "99.99 percent" sure that a national salmonella outbreak was not caused by Florida-grown tomatoes, but that more definitive identification of produce origin would help investigators track down where the infection came from. Bronson traveled Thursday to Washington to meet with David Acheson, the Food and Drug Administration's associate commissioner for foods, to...

2008-06-25 15:00:00

By BOB GROVES, STAFF WRITER A 2-year-old Bergen County boy and three other New Jersey residents are among hundreds of Americans sickened this season by salmonella-tainted tomatoes, officials said Tuesday. The unidentified boy, who became sick on May 27, has recovered from the bacterial illness linked to several varieties of tomatoes, said state Health Commissioner Heather Howard. The other New Jerseyans affected are a 7-year-old Monmouth County boy who became ill on May 23; a...

2008-06-25 00:00:02

By Lauran Neergaard WASHINGTON - Pick a tomato in the blazing sun and plunge it straight into cold water. If that happened on the way to market, it might be contaminated. Too big of a temperature difference can make a tomato literally suck water inside the fruit through the scar where its stem used to be. If salmonella happens to be lurking on the skin, that's one way it can penetrate and, if the tomato isn't eaten right away, have time to multiply. That doesn't mean people shouldn't...

2008-06-24 12:00:39

By Rob Young, The Post and Courier, Charleston, S.C. Jun. 23--You say tomato. I say "tomahto." We say salmonella. Since mid-April, a salmonella outbreak linked to raw tomatoes has sickened at least 552 people in 32 states and Washington, D.C., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But no cases have been reported in South Carolina, improving business for local growers and providers. "I've sold more, a good bit," said Robert Fields, who sells produce and...

2008-06-20 02:30:00

Nearly 30,000 tons of tomatoes are trapped in northern Mexico due to a salmonella scare in the United States, the Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fishing and Feeding Ministry of Mexico (Sagarpa) said on Thursday. A total of 2,259 hectares of tomatoes were planted in Sonora, which will produce 28,600 tons of tomatoes for the U.S. market in 2008, said Fernando Miranda Blanco, a representative of the northern state of Sonora in Sagarpa. The situation will turn grave for Mexico's...

2008-06-24 02:30:01

By Lauran Neergaard WASHINGTON - There may be a break in the salmonella case: Food and Drug Administration inspectors headed for farms in Florida and Mexico on Friday, as new clues emerge to the possible source of salmonella-tainted tomatoes that have now sickened 552 people. The FDA wouldn't say where in Florida and Mexico the hunt is centering. But officials stressed that the clues don't necessarily mean that a particular farm will turn out to be the culprit. Investigators will pay...

2008-06-24 00:01:28

By Elaine Walker, The Miami Herald Jun. 21--The Food and Drug Administration said Friday it is heading to farms in Florida and Mexico, searching for the potential source of salmonella-tainted tomatoes that have now sickened 552 people. But don't read too much into the fact that the hunt is focused on Florida. FDA officials also stressed that it's not just farms that could be the cause of the problem. "It does not mean definitively the contamination occurred on a farm in Mexico or...

2008-06-24 00:01:19

By Linda McNatt, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jun. 21--PAINTER -- Mike Mahovic, a research associate at Virginia Tech's Eastern Shore Agricultural Research and Educational Center in the tiny town off of U.S. 13, is busy now -- testing water and patting the nervous hands of tomato producers. Virginia is fourth in tomato production nationwide. About 90 percent of the state's tomatoes come from 5,000 fertile acres on a peninsula that dips into the Chesapeake Bay. After a...

2008-06-24 00:00:50

SAN JOSE, Calif. _ San Francisco Bay Area eateries are putting juicy red Romas and round red tomatoes back into pita sandwiches, cheese burgers and tortilla salads. Supermarkets are once again stacking them toward the ceiling. But California tomato growers are anxiously awaiting whether consumers will shun raw tomatoes the way they did raw spinach a year and a half ago. After a major outbreak of salmonella poisoning from tomatoes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on June 7 warned...

2008-06-24 00:00:33

By Richard Dymond, The Bradenton Herald, Fla. Jun. 23--EAST MANATEE -- Myakka City farmer Ben King figures he lost between $120,000 and $150,000 in tomato sales when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an advisory after an outbreak of salmonella. Watching the red globes rotting on their vines was disturbing enough for King, but waiting while the salmonella investigation drags on was equally tough. On Saturday, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it had has...


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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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