Tomatoes, Beef and more “suspect” foods

Just in time for the Fourth of July weekend, concerns about Salmonella tomatoes and E. coli beef go and ruin it all…My favorite part is where they say be careful about possible other sources of Salmonella but don’t even hint at what the hell ELSE they think might be tainted!

Yeah, better to let people get sick before warning them and getting those big suppliers all pissed off…

    From Today’s NYT:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Adding to tomato confusion, the government is about to start testing numerous other types of fresh produce in the hunt for the source of the nation’s record salmonella outbreak — even as it insists tomatoes remain the leading suspect.

Investigators are mum on exactly what other vegetables are getting tracked.

Items commonly served with fresh tomatoes is the only hint Food and Drug Administration food safety chief Dr. David Acheson would give, calling it “irresponsible” to point a finger until he has more evidence that some other food really deserves the extra scrutiny.
“Tomatoes aren’t off the hook,” he stressed. “It’s just that there is clearly a need to think beyond tomatoes.”

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-Tomatoes-Salmonella.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

    ALSO FROM TODAY’S NYT:

Supermarkets across the country are pulling from their shelves more than 530,000 pounds of beef that may be contaminated with E. coli in the wake of an Agriculture Department warning that the beef supplied by a Nebraska company may be responsible for at least 40 illnesses.

The company, Nebraska Beef Ltd. of Omaha, recalled the beef produced since May after some of its products, sold by the Kroger Company with sell-by dates of May 21 to July 5, was linked to reports of illnesses in Ohio and Michigan, the Agriculture Department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said on Tuesday.

In addition to Michigan, Nebraska Beef reported some of the contaminated products were distributed in Illinois, New York and Pennsylvania. Other beef products were reportedly sent to Colorado and Texas for further processing, although it was not immediately clear whether any contaminated beef was sold in the other states.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/03/us/03recallcnd.html

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