Saturday, June 14, 2008

"Safe" Tomatoes

Will it be a tomato-less summer for some people?

I highly doubt that the current Salmonella scare will last all summer, although the FDA seems to be having an especially hard time locating the source of the contaminated tomatoes, compared with other recent outbreaks.

On a positive note, the FDA is clearing more states' growers every day, so if you can (reliably) find out the source of the tomatoes you wish to purchase, you can check to see if that state is on the "safe" list.

The most comprehensive information I've found for all aspects of this Salmonella outbreak, including a daily updating of states where the tomatoes have been deemed safe, is Salmonellosis Outbreak in Certain Types of Tomatoes

As for ourselves, we are blessed that this year's crop of container tomatoes is an abundant one, as evidenced by the pictures. With a little work to keep the squirrels at bay, we've been enjoying these homegrown delights every day!

I hope my readers are as lucky!


michelle @ thursday night smackdown said...

thankfully i'm on the safe list, since my backyard tomatoes are still the size of blueberries!

MrOrph said...

I just wrote (read: ranted) about this subject. I don't like being scared of my food!

The really sad part is that, the innocent tomatoes are suffering eventhough the powers-that-be say they have the breed of tomatoe isolated. Yeah right! The crop here in Georgia has suffered despite their being cleared. 70% of growers are having issues because people won't buy ANY tomato.

I just had some Heirlooms in my salad and they were as good as it gets!

'Chef' said...

Great panzanella recipe, Mrorph! Don't you just love living dangerously?! ;-)

MrOrph said...

Absolutely! I'm an old soldier. I got paid very little money to eat some of the most dangerous food the mess hall could muster!!!

Just bought some cherry and grape tomatoes for tonight's salad. So there!

Passionate About Baking said...

Thank you for stopping by...& helping me find your lovely place. Nothing quite like a home-grown tomato, is there? You are indeed lucky!!