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Sunday, June 8, 2008

Here We Go Again

Salmonella Poisoning Spreads to 16 States
Posted: 2008-06-07 22:56:35
Filed Under: Health News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (June 7) - Salmonella food poisoning first linked to uncooked tomatoes has spread to 16 states, federal health officials said Saturday. Investigations by the Texas and New Mexico Departments of Health and the U.S. Indian Health Service have tied 56 cases in Texas and 55 in New Mexico to raw, uncooked, tomatoes.

"We're seeing a steady increase," Deborah Busemeyer, New Mexico Department of Health communications director, said Saturday.An additional 50 people have been sickened by the same Salmonella "Saintpaul" infection in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

Investigators are trying to determine if raw tomatoes also are responsible for the illnesses in those states, said Arleen Porcell, a CDC spokeswoman.The source of the tomatoes responsible for the illnesses has not been pinpointed, but health officials in Texas and New Mexico said none of them was grown in those two states.At least 23 people have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported, she said. Patients ranged in age from 1 to 82.

The rarity of the Saintpaul strain and the number of illnesses "suggest that implicated tomatoes are distributed throughout the country," she said.Interviews conducted with 73 people found the illnesses began between April 16 and May 27, Porcell said. Cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, tomatoes sold with the vine still attached and homegrown tomatoes are likely not the source of the outbreak, Busemeyer said.Also not associated with the outbreak are raw Roma, red plum and round red tomatoes from Arkansas, California, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Belgium, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Israel, Netherlands and Puerto Rico, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Association.

Salmonella is a bacteria that lives in the intestinal tracts of humans and other animals. It usually is transmitted to humans by eating food contaminated with animal feces.Most infected people suffer fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps starting 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness tends to last four to seven days. Many people recover without treatment, but severe infection and death is possible.

This news report again goes to show that unless you grow your own produce you have to be very careful where you get it from. Thank God it's summer time here in the Northeast and my veggies are already planted. In fact I picked some fresh Basil for my sauce today!

We must lobby the government for safer more organic/natural growing, packaging and shipping practices. After air and water, our food supply is most important. Also by enjoying "THE FEAST" each day I know I'm getting the advantage of over 60 organically grown fruits, berries, greens, nuts, seeds and sprouts. And I'll never have to worry about a recall! And at about $1 per serving the only way to do this is to grow it all yourself!

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Sushi said...

Hello! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I think it's great you are into eating healthy and organic foods + motivating people to do the same. Say hello to the buddy in the pic below this post, very nice shot!

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