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Tomato Scare Costs Florida Farmers Millions

July 18th, 2008 by flanews

The Food and Drug Administration says its now okay to eat tomatoes. The FDA still thinks tomatoes could be the cause of more than 1,200 cases of salmonella in the US, but says if there were tainted tomatoes, theyve rotted by now. The tomato scare had consumers boycotting tomatoes even after Floridas crops were placed on the safe-to-eat list. Florida farmers lost an estimated one hundred million dollars during the scare. Florida Department of Agriculture spokesman Terry McElroy said farmers need to be compensated for their losses.

We want congress to seek federal reimbursement for losses sustained in Commissioner Bronson is 100 percent behind that, is supporting Allen Boyd and others in Congress, because he thinks its fair and the right thing to do, said McElroy.

The FDA hasnt ruled out Florida as the source of the outbreak, but theyve added hot pepper as a source. Theyre asking seniors and people with weak immune systems to avoid jalapeos and serrano peppers.

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