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Old 06-12-2008, 12:46 PM   #41
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I understand the process of finding out what caused the sickness. What I am trying to understand is how they can then decide that such a vast number of tomatoe sources all have a salmonella problem. Or, do they take a shotgun approach and shut down a lot of places and then test? As has been pointed out, it takes a while to find out if the Salmonella is actually present.

As for cooking the tomatoes, I think they are quarantined and can go no where till they are cleared, at which point, they could be spoiled.

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product. They rarely do unless they are certain the product is contaminated. In this case, they are not sure where the contaminated products are coming from and have just issued advisories. Producers are usually cooperative because the cost of being wrong and shipping against the FDA's advice is essentially bankruptcy.
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Old 06-12-2008, 12:47 PM   #42
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What I am trying to understand is how they can then decide that such a vast number of tomatoe sources all have a salmonella problem. Or, do they take a shotgun approach and shut down a lot of places and then test?
It's a process of elimination. They have to use the shotgun approach until they find the source that is actually contaminated. As the testing is done for each source those are marked off as safe. The problem is complicated because we have tomatoes coming from multiple sources so its worse than finding a needle in a haystack.

I just find it such a waste of produce when the tomatoes could just somehow be reprocessed (cooked) instead of being a total loss, but our system is not set up for that (yet).

The previous cooking solution was mentioned regarding people that already had possession of the suspect tomatoes and were tossing them out.
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Old 06-13-2008, 06:02 AM   #43
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I'm trying to come to grips as to how this could have possibly happened
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Old 06-13-2008, 09:51 AM   #44
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Probably because some person forgot to wash their hands because they were in a hurry.
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Old 06-13-2008, 12:26 PM   #45
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I'm trying to come to grips as to how this could have possibly happened

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Old 06-13-2008, 12:30 PM   #46
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I'm glad I grow my own. In a couple weeks I'll be innundated with tomatoes.
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Old 06-13-2008, 01:39 PM   #47
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I'm glad I grow my own. In a couple weeks I'll be innundated with tomatoes.
jeepers, mine haven't even flowered yet
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Old 06-13-2008, 02:19 PM   #48
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I'll be staking them this weekend, as most have grown above their cages. Flowers-A-Plenty. The small grape/cherry varieties have little green tomatoes already.
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Old 06-30-2008, 01:04 PM   #49
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Still, I think the best solution for this problem, is grows your own tomatoes at your backyard or garden.

By this method, you're not only can consume it without any worry, but also save you lots of money as well.
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Old 06-30-2008, 01:20 PM   #50
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Sorry, but you can have salmonella on your homegrown tomatoes too, especially if you live around any animals, including birds, inside or outside.
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