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2008-06-18 09:00:04

CHICAGO _ David Acheson is the nation's top food detective, but so far he has met his match in the wily tomato. With the salmonella scare that has plagued tomatoes, Acheson has faced perhaps his biggest test _ at least as far as outbreaks of illness go _ since he assumed the newly created "food safety czar" post at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration roughly a year ago. That position was born amid a growing concern the FDA couldn't get a grip on food safety, as tales of foodborne...

2008-06-18 06:00:03

By Jamie Durant, Florence Morning News, S.C. Jun. 18--FLORENCE -- Across the country, people have been on high alert about the tomato salmonella scare. Here in the Pee Dee, people are finding ways to get their tomato fix by supporting local growers and home gardens. Some local growers at the Pee Dee State Farmers Market said the scare really hasn't had much effect on their sales. "We've had questions about them, but it really hasn't hurt sales," Lee Kelly, of Countryside Farms at...

2008-06-18 00:00:02

By Reuters WASHINGTON -- Food safety officials Monday said they hope that a cluster of nine cases of salmonella poisoning yields clues that lead them to the source of an outbreak that has sickened 277 people in 28 states. David Acheson, director of food safety for the Food and Drug Administration, said the cluster is confined to a single geographic location and that all of the sickened individuals appeared to have eaten similar types of tomatoes. "It's essentially a very solid lead for...

2008-06-17 12:00:38

By Allison Flynn, The Star, Shelby, N.C. Jun. 13--Worried about the safety of your tomatoes? If it was grown in North Carolina, you're safe, according to Marty Allen, environmental health director at the Cleveland County Health Department. "As of June 10, we have not had any illnesses in North Carolina associated with the outbreak," Allen said. Allen has been fielding phone calls from concerned consumers since the salmonella outbreak, which has sickened 167 people in 17 states...

2008-06-17 12:00:03

Mexican tomato producers say they're being unfairly targeted as the source of a salmonella outbreak that has sickened hundreds of people in the United States. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it has narrowed its investigation of the source of the outbreak to Mexico and southern Florida, which supplied the bulk of the suspect red plum, red Roma and round red tomatoes in April. But Mexican producers say they're suffering the economic consequences before the facts are in, The Los...

2008-06-17 06:00:03

By Jim Downing, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jun. 17--Thousands of pounds of tomatoes thrown away in the Sacramento region last week following a national food-safety alert would have been safe to eat, federal investigators have announced. On Saturday, the Food and Drug Administration cleared the Mexican state of Baja California Norte from any connection with the 277 illnesses nationwide thought to be caused by tomatoes contaminated with a rare strain of salmonella bacteria. In May and...

2008-06-17 03:00:28

It's the beginning of the summer, and it's tough to find fresh salsa for our chips and tomatoes for our burgers. Aggressive action: But experts say supermarkets and fast-food chains that threw out tomatoes suspected in a salmonella outbreak were acting aggressively to protect their customers' health and avoid a consumer backlash. And a federal government that's been sluggish in the past is being more responsive, said consumer advocates. Growers worried: Even though the government...

2008-06-17 00:00:23

By Lauran Neergaard The Associated Press WASHINGTON - Food and Drug Administration detectives had a hot lead, narrowing down to a grower who just might have supplied salmonella-tainted tomatoes. Then the patient changed her story: She'd eaten a round tomato, not a Roma one after all. "We basically had to throw it all out and start over," says Dr. David Acheson, the agency's food safety chief. Why is it taking so long to find the source of those bad tomatoes? It largely boils down to...

2008-06-16 00:00:00

OAK BROOK, Ill. - McDonald's Corp. says it will begin serving sliced tomatoes again after a multistate salmonella outbreak caused the world's largest restaurant chain to yank the vegetable from its sandwiches. Spokeswoman Danya Proud said Saturday that the fast- food chain's U.S. restaurants will reintroduce sliced tomatoes in the next seven to 10 days. McDonald's was among several restaurant chains and grocery stores that stopped serving sliced tomatoes last Monday as a precaution. At...

2008-06-17 00:00:02

By Jim Downing, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jun. 16--Most of the thousands of pounds of tomatoes thrown away in the Sacramento region last week following a national food-safety alert would have been safe to eat, federal investigators have announced. On Saturday, the Food and Drug Administration cleared the Mexican state of Baja California Norte from any connection with the 277 illnesses nationwide thought to be caused by tomatoes contaminated with a rare strain of salmonella bacteria....


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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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