In case you’ve missed it, the Food and Drug Administration is advising against the consumption of certain kinds of raw tomatoes, including red plum, red Roma and red round. Apparently, folks across the country have fallen ill with salmonella infection and the FDA believes it has been linked to tomatoes.
I’m really disappointed by this outbreak. It’s almost tomato season here, which should be a time of joy for tomato lovers everywhere. It’s a time to savor that first tomato sandwich or a big bowl of warm, juicy fruit with cottage cheese. And while the best tomatoes, hands down, come right out of a backyard garden, people with no time to garden deserve the very best of the season, too.
When I went grocery shopping on Sunday, many tomatoes had all been pulled from my Kroger store. Cherry, grape and on-the-vine tomatoes are still okay, according to the FDA. The administration has released a list of states where tomato production has NOT been affected by the outbreak. Read on for the list.
Those states are: Arkansas, California, Georgia, Hawaii, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Belgium, Canada, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Israel, Netherlands, and Puerto Rico.
If you’re out buying tomatoes somewhere, you should ask where they came from. If they came from one of the above states, you are presumably safe. Another option if you don’t have your own plants is to buy from a local farmer who can tell you his product is safe.
I purchased two tomatoes from the Roanoke farmer’s market yesterday. I believe they came from the Carolinas or Georgia, because that’s where many of the ‘maters on the market come from before they come into season here in Virginia.
Fortunately, I’ve got four tomato plants going on my back porch right now. I’m going to be babying them even more now! They may be producing some of the only tomatoes I’ll eat this season.