Tomatoes suspected in Salmonella outbreak

Jul 19, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Salmonella was found in Roma tomatoes from a convenience store chain suspected as the source of an outbreak of salmonellosis in three states, Pennsylvania health officials announced today.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported Jul 16 that 57 cases of salmonellosis may be linked with food bought at deli counters in Sheetz Gas Station stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia between Jul 2 and Jul 9.

Salmonella was found in an unopened bag of Roma tomatoes from a Sheetz Gas Station store in Greencastle, Pa., the Pennsylvania Department of Health said in a news release today.

"The tomatoes were distributed by Coronet Foods of West Virginia," said Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff. "We will continue testing other samples collected to help ensure that the outbreak is not linked to other sources."

Wolff said Sheetz voluntarily pulled "all products in question" from its stores after notification of the potential problem. The Department of Health said it would conduct tests to identify the Salmonella strain.

The FDA said the Sheetz chain has stores in Virginia and eastern Ohio as well as the states mentioned, often along interstate highways.

See also:

Jul 16 FDA news release
http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2004/ucm108325.htm

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