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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....

2008-06-16 18:00:02

By Cheryl E. Moose, The News Herald, Morganton, N.C. Jun. 13--VALDESE -- David Rakestraw at the Penny Patch knows exactly where the tomatoes he sells come from. So do Juanita Carswell at Eighteen Produce in Morganton and Sexton Digh and Boyce Crowe at the Burke County Farmers Market in Valdese. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration doesn't yet know where tomatoes containing salmonella came from. However, it's said tomatoes grown in North and South Carolina are safe. Salmonella...

2008-06-16 15:00:00

Jackie Phillips scanned a sea of bright red tomatoes in a Whitefish Bay food store Friday and wondered aloud whether it was safe to buy any of them. "I've tried to watch and see what's safe and what's not, but it's hard to keep track," said Phillips, 25. "Produce in general makes you nervous -- between spinach and tomatoes. . . . We need better controls." Phillips, of Whitefish Bay, is not the only shopper experiencing tomato anxiety as the federal government works to track down the source...

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2008-06-15 12:10:00

Food and Drug Administration detectives had a hot lead, narrowing down on 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 the frailty of human memory and the mysteries of the tomato...

2008-06-15 12:00:03

By PATRICIA WEST-BARKER Growers: Demand for young plants soars The sound of marimbas floated through the air as early morning shoppers greeted friends, sipped coffee and browsed through mounds of fresh greens, radishes, spring onions, garlic, blood-red cherries and crisp green peas of all varieties. The Santa Fe Farmers Market was in full swing in the PERA parking lot on Paseo de Peralta on Saturday morning. Despite almost a month of bulletins from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration...

2008-06-15 09:00:11

Q. I recently purchased property that had a very old peach tree on it. It produced very small, hard, inedible peaches . The trunk is very gnarled and bark is peeling off. Is there anything that can be done so the tree will produce edible fruit? - B. Hurst, Virginia Beach A. The best thing you can do with that gnarled tree is to cut it down and replace it with a new peach tree. Plant a small variety that is easy to spray and makes picking the peaches easier. Spring, fall or winter is a...

2008-06-14 09:00:04

By Jennifer Palmer, The Oklahoman Jun. 14--Local tomato growers say their produce is a safe alternative to the tomatoes being scrutinized by federal authorities as the possible source of a recent salmonella outbreak. And they say they've been selling tomatoes as fast as they can pick them -- a typical demand with the height of tomato season still a few weeks away. Unlike an outbreak of E. coli linked to bagged spinach in 2006, it was difficult for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration...

2008-06-14 06:00:02

By Elaine Walker, The Miami Herald Jun. 14--As Sylena Reid picked up a tomato at Publix, she paused before she put it into her shopping basket. "I hope they're safe now," said Reid, 30, of Hollywood. "I can't make bruschetta without tomatoes." After a national salmonella outbreak had knocked three popular tomato varieties off grocery shelves and restaurant menus for several days, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared Florida tomatoes on Tuesday. Publix, Winn-Dixie, Burger King...

2008-06-14 03:00:03

WASHINGTON - The toll from salmonella-tainted tomatoes jumped to 228 illnesses Thursday as the government learned of five-dozen previously unknown cases and said it is possible the food poisoning contributed to a cancer patient's death. Six more states - Florida, Georgia, Missouri, New York, Tennessee and Vermont - reported illnesses related to the outbreak, bringing the number of affected states to 23. The Food and Drug Admini-stration has not pinpointed the source of the...

2008-06-14 00:00:22

By LAURA SIMMONS, Courier & Press staff writer 464-7510 or simmonsl@courierpress.com Tomatoes will not be an available taco or sandwich topping at many area restaurants for several days. In the wake of a salmonella outbreak, the Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to avoid eating raw red plum, red Roma and red round tomatoes. They have been tied to 145 infections reported since mid-April. The warning, which was issued Saturday, does not apply to cherry tomatoes, grape...


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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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