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Tomato Growers Worry Salmonella Will Halt Sales

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Uploaded on Jun 10, 2008

PlusTomato Growers Worry Salmonella Will Halt SalesTomato Growers Worry Salmonella Will Halt SalesThe Associated PressAfter a 17-state salmonella outbreak was linked to raw tomatoes, growers and restaurateurs worry the scare could shrivel up their summer market. The AP's John Mone reports. (June 10)[Notes:ANCHOR VOICE] [[VO: SIGN AT MCDONALDS]][[TRACK]]THE SIGNS ARE EVERYWHERE... [[SOT]]Harold Johnson//Eagle Rock, CA " i guess i know i went to quizno's the other day. they're not using them at the restaurant." [[VO: MAN PULLING OUT TOMATOES IN BAG FROM CAR TRUNK]] [[TRACK]]THOUGH TOMATOES ARE IN SEASON. [[SOT]] [[SUPER:Rebecca Braunstein//Pasadena]]"we make salsa, we grill tomatoes, we have tomatoes every night...literally with every meal we eat tomatoes." [[VO: Shots of tomatoes]]SOME ARE NOT FOR CONSUMPTION.. [[SOT]][[SUPER: Diego Fernandez//HMS Restaurants]]"i thought about my salsas right away. most of them have tomato." [[NATS SOUND UP FULL: CHOPPING]][[VO: cook chopping tomatoes...cutaways of Dona Rosa restaurant in Pasadena, shots of salsa on burrito]] [[TRACK]]DIEGO FERNANDEZ RUNS SEVERAL MEXICAN EATERIES WHERE THE RED ROUND FRUIT REIGNS KING [[SUPER: Diego Fernandez//HMS Restaurants]] " we got rid of all the tomatoes we had in house.", [[VO: SHOTS OF TOMATOES, SLICING TOMATOES]][[TRACK]]HE'S HAD TO THROW AWAY TOMATOES THAT COULD HAVE SALMONELLA...A FOOD POISONING OUTBREAK THAT'S HIT 17 STATES....ALL CONNECTED WITH RAW ROMA, PLUM AND RED ROUND TOMATO VARIETIES-- [[SOT]][[SUPER: Dr. Roger Clemens//University of Southern California]]" this salmonella could be attaching itself anywhere in the entire food chain. in the field, in the production facility, a truck..." [[VO: MCDONALD'S WIDE SHOT, DOOR WITH SIGN, GROCERY STORE, SHOT OF BURGER WITHOUT TOMATO. SLICING TOMATOES. CLOSE UP OF SLICED TOMATO]][[TRACK]]IN RESPONSE RESTAURANTS AND GROCERY STORES ARE PULLING THEM OFF MENUS AND SHELVES. YOUR BURGER WILL HAVE TO DO WITHOUT FOR NOW. SIMPLY WASHING YOUR TOMATOES WON'T GET RID OF THE BACTERIA....WHICH MAY BE FOUND INSIDE... [[SOT]][[SUPER: Dr. Roger Clemens//University of Southern California]]"your best bet is throw them away." [[VO: STILL SHOT OF MEXICAN TOMATOES. VIDEO FROM FLORIDA OF TOMATOES. ]]THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION SAYS IMPORTED TOMATOES FROM MEXICO MAY BE THE CULPRIT...THE FEDERAL AGENCY HAS NOW CLEARED FLORIDA and California GROWN TOMATOES FOR CONSUMPTION. THOUGH THE SCARE IS GETTING HEADLINES... FOOD EXPERTS SAY DON'T LOSE SIGHT OF ONE THING.. [[SOT]] [[SUPER: Dr. Roger Clemens//University of Southern California]]"the us has the most stringent food monitoring system in the world. it also has the most detailed reporting system in the world. " [[VO: STILL OF TOMATO GROWER, SHOT OF TOMATOES IN BOWL.]][[TRACK]]BUT THE TAINT OF INFECTIONS HAS MANY TOMATO GROWERS WORRYING...OUR TASTE FOR FRESH FRUIT MAY WANE... SO THE SOLUTION FOR NOW...USE TOMATOES FROM NOT SO FAR AWAY.. "our distributors told us we are going to provide you with a local california grown tomato. which we are using." [[VO: SHOT OF SALSA, SHOT OF RESTAURANT...WOMEN EATING. ]][[TRACK]]WHICH THIS RESTAURANT PROPRIETOR IS HAPPY TO DO...ESPECIALLY WITH A MENU IN WHICH CLOSE TO HALF INCLUDES TOMATOES OF SOME KIND. JOHN MONE THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, PASADENA, CALIFORNIA.

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