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FDA: Florida, Mexico Supplied 'Majority' of Tomatoes in Outbreak
FoxNews ^ | Saturday, June 14, 2008 | Associated Press

Posted on 06/14/2008 5:47:48 AM PDT by BloodOrFreedom

Parts of Florida and Mexico were supplying "the vast majority" of tomatoes sold when the salmonella outbreak began in April and thus remain leading suspects, the Food and Drug Administration said Friday.

But the FDA hasn't narrowed its hunt to just those two places, said Dr. David Acheson, the agency's food safety chief.

"The logical assumption would be that Florida or Mexico are the most likely source" because of the outbreak's timing, he told The Associated Press. "But we have not simply shifted the focus to those two places. ... It's wide open for anybody not on that exclusion list."

The government counts 228 illnesses in 23 states linked to salmonella-tainted tomatoes, and is urging consumers nationwide to avoid raw red plum, red Roma or red round tomatoes unless they were grown in specific states or countries that FDA has cleared of suspicion. Check FDA's Web site — http://www.fda.gov — for an updated list. Also safe are grape tomatoes, cherry tomatoes and tomatoes sold with the vine still attached.

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Mexico; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: fda; foodsupply; outbreak; salmonella; tomatoes
So now their plan comes to light. Mexico invades, then kills us all off by feeding us tainted food.

ATTN: If at your local supermarket you view a mexican invader who passes up on the tomatoes: DO NOT BUY. They are probably privvy to info that you are not

1 posted on 06/14/2008 5:47:48 AM PDT by BloodOrFreedom
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To: BloodOrFreedom

If Florida is one of the culprits, why no salmonella outbreak here then? Just a few days ago the same FDA declared all Florida tomatoes safe. I think since Florida is #1 tomato grower in the country they added it to the list so Mexico won’t have a fit over single finger pointing.


2 posted on 06/14/2008 5:58:29 AM PDT by FORTRUTHONLY (Easy as 3.14159265358979323846...)
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To: BloodOrFreedom

I thought I heard on the radio several days ago that the FDA had cleared Florida.

Maybe I “mis-heard.” :)

IMHO, when this is over, and if the FDA is honest, the tomatoes will have come from Mexico and they will discover Mexicans taking a dump in the fields is the source.


3 posted on 06/14/2008 6:00:56 AM PDT by upchuck (Who wins doesn't matter. They're all liberals. Spend your time and money to take back Congress.)
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To: FORTRUTHONLY
Bingo!...Ain't political correctness grand!

This is Florida's peek season for tomotoes and the growers were starting to hurt bigtime over this ....

..Florida was given the 'all clear'...

...but Mexico...hmmm

4 posted on 06/14/2008 6:03:19 AM PDT by Guenevere (If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.)
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To: upchuck
Most likely the contamination is taking place at a PRODUCE TERMINAL, not in the fields.

That's why FDA has not yet identified a spot source to examine.

I'd first isolate all the produce terminals that handle tomatoes from both Mexico and Florida.

This would be consistent with the methodology used for a couple of "ricin attacks" in the mail. Someone in LEO simply call the Postal Inspectors about the identities of the suspect drivers, managers, and trminals used in those attacks.

5 posted on 06/14/2008 6:05:31 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: BloodOrFreedom
RE: "So now their plan comes to light. Mexico invades, then kills us all off by feeding us tainted food."

aided by the filth column, our supermarkets.

"Almost all vegetables are contaminated with something because they water them with sewer water and put on a lot of chemicals," [Sergio Martinez, a 40-year-old bricklayer in Mexico City] said, noting that he washes all his produce with bleach and water. . . "The gringos are really demanding about quality," said Ricardo Montiel, 41, who was selling tomatoes, apples and avocados from his stand in Mexico City's largest food market.

The first time I saw this (sewage and vegetables) in the MSM was a NY Times article ten years ago. Raw sewage was used to irrigate fields growing vegetables. Photos with the article showed workers standing in ankle-deep sewage covering the field. Even if clean water was used to wash the vegetables the sewage would be inside the vegetables. I have not knowingly bought anything grown in Mexicorruption since then.

6 posted on 06/14/2008 6:09:19 AM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: BloodOrFreedom
Do you trust the FDA, run by the current administration an it bend over backward suck up to the Mexicans government and the illegal invaders, to tell the truth. I don't.!
7 posted on 06/14/2008 6:12:01 AM PDT by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael
I have not knowingly bought anything grown in Mexicorruption since then.

Smart move. In my family, we buy tomatoes that are grown in NJ.

8 posted on 06/14/2008 6:14:19 AM PDT by BloodOrFreedom
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To: FORTRUTHONLY

About 15 yrs ago we were having trouble with a pepper weevil. It burrows into the pod so there is no killing them, The USDA and NMDA sent out letters, if pepper weevils were found in one of your fields you would be required to destroy the crop. Yeah, like you’d tell on yourself.

Everyone knew the weevil was coming in from Mexico but they never stopped the trucks.


9 posted on 06/14/2008 6:15:51 AM PDT by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: org.whodat
Do you trust the FDA, run by the current administration an it bend over backward suck up to the Mexicans government and the illegal invaders, to tell the truth. I don't.!

I'm confused...wouldn't the government proclaim Mexico Tomatoes "safe" if they were trying to appease the Mexican go'vt and invaders? Maybe I'm reading this the wrong way...

10 posted on 06/14/2008 6:17:53 AM PDT by BloodOrFreedom
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To: BloodOrFreedom

We do the same, we try getting all the produce from the local growers (thankfully, I live in Florida) and the rest from WholeFoods who always disclaims the source of the produce so it’s easy to stick to US products. Moreso, WF also buys from the local growers first before bringing produce from other states so it adds to helping further the local farmers.


11 posted on 06/14/2008 6:19:48 AM PDT by FORTRUTHONLY (Easy as 3.14159265358979323846...)
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To: tiki

I am sure NAFTA is making this now even easier.


12 posted on 06/14/2008 6:20:59 AM PDT by FORTRUTHONLY (Easy as 3.14159265358979323846...)
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To: All
Headline, June 14, 2019:

500,000th site visited.
FDA nears finding cause of 2008 salmonella problem
Fears offending Mexico. "What's a few sick people?"
E. Overshoe, North Dakota. Black FDA SUVs and helicopters swarmed onto the property at this subdivision home. Neighbors reported remembering the couple living there in 2008 had tomato plants in "a kind of glass shed" . . . .

13 posted on 06/14/2008 6:23:07 AM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: FORTRUTHONLY
WF also buys from the local growers first before bringing produce from other states so it adds to helping further the local farmers.

Good to hear. So many farmers go out of business as they are undercut by larger establishments and pushed out by the high cost of business. Around where I live, most of the farmers have sold out to the large developers. There are 2 new developments and a golf course being constructed in my town presently

14 posted on 06/14/2008 6:33:42 AM PDT by BloodOrFreedom
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To: BloodOrFreedom
One of the most popular grocery stores in Florida is Publix, store which we stopped using when I saw garlic brought from China being sold there. Despite WF's reputation to be tree huggers they do it without making the mandatory blaming of the Right employed by most environmentally "conscious" organizations. What sold us to use WF (other than the organic choice) is the fact that they are die hard believers in supporting the local farms (mostly small operations) and keeping the local economy healthy. This is why they get our business and $$$ while they provide quality products and service. Incidentally, their garlic sold in So Florida comes from Florida and California.( Also try their buffalo meat, it's the best!).

Disclaimer: I really did not intend to sound like a WF commercial.
15 posted on 06/14/2008 6:43:29 AM PDT by FORTRUTHONLY (Easy as 3.14159265358979323846...)
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To: FORTRUTHONLY

http://blogs.tampabay.com/buzz/2008/06/florida-pols-wa.html

June 13, 2008

Florida pols seek FDA help on safe tomatoes
More than a dozen members of Congress from Florida have sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Andrew C. von Eschenbach asking that his agency do a better job of telling consumers that Florida tomatoes are OK.

Although tomatoes from 19 Florida counties have been cleared in the recent salmonella scare, boxes of them are rotting on loading docks because consumers don’t know they’re safe to eat, they write. They ask for a detailed plan, including timeframes, for how he plans to proceed.

The letter notes that Florida is the nation’s largest producer of tomatoes, and during the six- to seven-month season the industry employs 30,000 people. The crop is worth $500-million to $700-million.

Posted by Wes Allison at 3:06:48 PM on June 13, 2008
in U.S. House


16 posted on 06/14/2008 6:44:35 AM PDT by dawn53
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To: dawn53

Hallelujah! Putting pressure on a politicized FDA is good....


17 posted on 06/14/2008 6:47:38 AM PDT by FORTRUTHONLY (Easy as 3.14159265358979323846...)
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To: FORTRUTHONLY
Incidentally, their garlic sold in So Florida comes from Florida and California.( Also try their buffalo meat, it's the best!). Disclaimer: I really did not intend to sound like a WF commercial

That's okay. It's nice to know of more dealers where quality food can be purchased...I am in NJ, do they have a website?

18 posted on 06/14/2008 6:58:50 AM PDT by BloodOrFreedom
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To: BloodOrFreedom

Who needs the FDA... could have told you where the tainted tomatoes came from the first day the story broke...


19 posted on 06/14/2008 7:48:33 AM PDT by BigFinn (Isa 32:8 But the liberal deviseth liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand.)
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To: BloodOrFreedom

I’ve long been in the habit of blanching tomatoes, because the Mexican tomatoes are picked so early, their skins are tough.

It’s easy, just dip each tomato in a pot of boiling water for 1 minute, turning over at 30 seconds. The skin comes right off.

That should eliminate any salmonella problem. Then you can slice or chop the skinless tomato. If you are really concerned, add a splash of Tabasco sauce and stir the chopped tomato a bit. It will take out any remaining bacteria.


20 posted on 06/14/2008 7:58:17 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: BloodOrFreedom
My youngest son recently completed a required rotation at a medical clinic in Florida's tomato growing district. He told us that 75% of the patients were illegal and spoke no English whatsoever.

The main treatment sought was for STD’s. HIV & full blown AIDS comprised the majority of ailments. Hepatitis is rampant and drug use is out of control. The area is thick with prostitutes providing “services” to the illegals.

He described patients with infectious oozing open sores on their hands. Patients that hadn't bathed in months. Jaw cancer that had eaten through to the surface on one person's face.

Sorry to gross everyone out, but these are the people that are handling your food. WASH YOUR VEGGIES!

21 posted on 06/14/2008 7:59:21 AM PDT by panaxanax (Writing in Duncan Hunter/John Bolton in 2008!)
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To: BloodOrFreedom

Grew up in NJ and I’ve lived all over the country. Huge tomato lover here and imo, the *best* tomatoes are in found in NJ.


22 posted on 06/14/2008 8:03:28 AM PDT by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL (****************************Stop Continental Drift**)
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To: panaxanax

That is gross, but that just strengthens your claim. Thanks for the heads up.


23 posted on 06/14/2008 8:16:45 AM PDT by BloodOrFreedom
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To: FORTRUTHONLY

And of course, taking a page from CAIR, Mexico has already complained that their tomatoes are subject to two inspections once in Mexico and once in the US and it’s so unjust and going to cripple their tomato industry yada, yada

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2029806/posts


24 posted on 06/14/2008 8:26:24 AM PDT by Let's Roll (As usual, following a shooting spree, libs want to take guns away from those who DIDN'T do it.)
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To: BloodOrFreedom
It's Mexico, period. They love to load up their honey wagons with tourist poo. That's why they serve them beans and rice.
25 posted on 06/14/2008 8:34:42 AM PDT by toddlintown (My kingdom for a beer!)
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