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Old 06-09-2008, 08:05 AM   #1
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Old 06-09-2008, 08:12 AM   #2
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I was in a MacDonalds in Southern Ohio on Saturday and stopped to read a notice on its door. It said in support of a recent problem in two SW states, and NO problem with any MacDonalds, that they were not supplying any tomato products on any product they sold at that store. I did notice that they did not reduce the price on any sandwich or salad. It seemed totally bizarre. The sign also apologized for any inconvenience this may cause....A BLT without the T?
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Old 06-09-2008, 08:16 AM   #3
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At least they were being responsible. The problem seems to be extensive in the west and southwest with some eastern and southern states effected as well.

I saw a report on TV that said plum/roma and round tomatoes were effected. Cherry tomatos and those with the vines still attached were OK.
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When I get up in the morning, I have to turn on the "Today" show to find out what I can and cannot eat that day. This is nuts. Apparently the problem has spread across the country into Virginia so it's not only the Southwestern states anymore.

Now I'm wondering, what do I do with the 6 gorgeous Romas I bought Saturday before I learned about the problem. Cooking the tomatoes or roasting them should solve the problem , right???
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Old 06-09-2008, 09:36 AM   #5
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When I get up in the morning, I have to turn on the "Today" show to find out what I can and cannot eat that day. This is nuts. Apparently the problem has spread across the country into Virginia so it's not only the Southwestern states anymore.

Now I'm wondering, what do I do with the 6 gorgeous Romas I bought Saturday before I learned about the problem. Cooking the tomatoes or roasting them should solve the problem , right???
Yes. However you would need to be very careful about cross-contamination by knives, cutting boards, bowls or whatever.
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Old 06-09-2008, 10:01 AM   #6
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I buy the tomatoes on the vine had some last night. No problem. Those are supposed to be safe.
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yet another reason to be glad that I shop at a Greenmarket, where tomatoes have not even begun to show up yet! (and when they do, this won't be a problem, because they are not mass produced).

oops, I just reread what I wrote, and I want to say I'm not meaning to sound smug.... I know I'm lucky to have such good local tomatoes available in the summer. I really don't care for the flavor and texture of out of season tomatoes, so I only buy and use them when I can purchase the local ones, which is pretty much late July through mid-October. At that time, I go crazy over them!
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...when I can purchase the local ones, which is pretty much late July through mid-October. At that time, I go crazy over them!

That's a great time of the year. There is nothing like fresh local tomatoes.
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If your tomatoes are coming from Florida, no worries.
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Yes, but I notice that Mexico is not on the safe list. We eat ALOT of Roma tomatoes - the only variety generally available here. I guess I will stay tuned...........
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