WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of salmonella cases blamed on
tainted tomatoes has risen some 200 in the past week to 756.
But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says no new
cases have been reported since June 13th. The increase is due
mostly to state laboratories finishing backlogs of tests.
The outbreak has hospitalized at least 95 people, and its source
remains a mystery. Investigators from the Food and Drug
Administration spent the past week inspecting farms in parts of
Florida and Mexico. They also examined the stops the tomatoes make
on the way to market.
The government's tomato warning remains in effect: avoid raw red
plum, red Roma, or red round tomatoes unless they were grown in
specific states or countries cleared by the FDA.