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Alaska tomatoes cleared by FDA

Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2008

JUNEAU - Alaska made the Food and Drug Administration's list of states whose tomatoes are not implicated in the latest national Salmonella incident.

The FDA has determined that no Alaska-grown tomatoes are implicated in the outbreak, clearing all Alaska-grown tomatoes for consumption.

There have been no reports of illness in Alaska.

Earlier, the FDA issued a warning that an outbreak of salmonella had been linked to consumption of raw red plum, red Roma, round red tomatoes and products containing these raw tomatoes. Cherry, grape and tomatoes on the vine have not been associated with the outbreak.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation advises retailers selling tomatoes grown outside of Alaska to make sure they come from a state or county on FDA's "States not implicated" list.

To view the most recent list log onto the FDA Web site at: www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/tomatoes.html#diagram.



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