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Old 07-01-2008, 08:59 AM   #1
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Tomatoes May Not Be Only Source of Salmonella Outbreak

MedlinePlus: Tomatoes May Not Be Only Source of Salmonella Outbreak


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Old 07-01-2008, 09:26 AM   #2
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Here's a statement from that article :

"More than 300 of the total cases from the current outbreak come from Texas. Patient ages range from under 1 year old to 99 years old. Half the victims are women."

Um, shouldn't that be kinda obvious? I suppose if 80% of the victims were women, the stat would have some sort of significance...but half ???

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Old 07-01-2008, 06:46 PM   #3
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Hi Aera,
According to the article and my calculations, based on the USA population in 2007, this put the rate of incidence to 0.0026897%.

IIRC, salmonella is more likely to be a result of poor hygiene and handling standards than inherent to tomatoes. People sneezing or touching their face/nose and then food transmit the micro-organism apart from those occassions where it is natural - such as in poultry.

The answer, when it comes to handling tomatoes is relatively easy. Have ready a bowl of hot water, bring a pan of water to the boil, place tomatoes in the saucepan and in the 15-20 seconds it takes, wash hands in the bowl of hot water using an antibacterial soap/liquid suitable for the kitchen and dry. Use a clean spoon to remove tomatoes, peel and use as you wish. Slice or chop/dice using a board wiped with lemon juice/vinegar.

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