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A Second Source Says: “It Must Be Mexico”

Bob Drobatz is president of operations for Petaluma Market in Santa Rosa, CA.  He told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat that the tomatoes he was pulling from grocery shelves came from Mexico.

Mexico is one of the biggest suppliers of red round tomatoes and the country was conspicuously absent from the FDA  “safe” list,  Drobatz said.

I assume it must be Mexico where the suspect tomatoes are from,” he said.

Yesterday we reported Dr. Michael Landen, deputy state epidemiologist with the New Mexico Department of Health, said  “Preliminary data indicates the tomatoes we are having problems with are from Mexico."

How much longer must we wait for FDA to come out with the Unsafe List?  Bill Marler asked the same question on the Marler blog.

So, where the Hell did the Salmonella Tomatoes and E. coli Romain Lettuce come from?

He also asks:  In the days of the risk of bio-terrorism, and with the advent of computer technology to pin-point where our books from Amazon are, you would think we would be able to trace-back contaminated tomatoes and lettuce a bit quicker?

  • I got a case of severe diarrhea after eating a sub sandwich at Subway in Lenior NC on Sunday afternoon. The diarrhea was very watery and lasted over 12 hours. My sub had 5-6 slices of tomato from the same tomato. Could this have been Salmonella?
    I’m dehydrated now but feeling better despite our 100 degree heat.

  • Dave

    Nausea, Diarrhea, 102 temp Saturday night until Tuesday AM. Anyway to tell if it was Salmonella or not?

  • Industry guy.

    I can think of two reasons the culprits might not have been discovered yet.
    1) I suspect the tomatoes were distributed through small vendors that operate on the fringe of the produce industry and that may be why the FDA have not put all the pieces together.
    2)The tomatoes may have passed through 5 or 6 companies and posssibly a tomatoe repacker. If a repacker was involved it makes finding the origin more difficult because positive lot identification may have been lost.

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  • shannon

    How can one prevent salmonella poisoning? I thought one would need to wash fruits & vegetables? Does this mean that many people didn’t wash these items before eating them?

  • AL

    WHAT KIND OF INTELIGENCE LEVEL DO YOU COME FROM. THERE ARE NO CASES OF SALMONELLA POISINING IN YOUR AREA OR BETTER YET CALIFORNIA AND YOU JUST WANT TO SAY YOU FIGURE THERE FROM MEXICO. LOOK ELSEWHERE TO THROW DIRT AT AND DO NOT JUST OPEN YOUR MOUTH.

  • Mary

    I was tested for this ST Paul and results are positive . I have never been so sick in my life!! Now I’m on antibiotics ..this has been the worst experience of my life