State and Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) investigators found that tomatoes consumed in restaurants led to the recent salmonella outbreak in 21 states. In all, 183 cases have been reported to the CDC.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not believe a consumer warning needs to be issued for tomatoes since they are perishable and have a short shelf life. However, the FDA has issued consumer tips on how to reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses.
Read more about the Salmonella outbreak.