"The Food and Drug Administration is alerting consumers nationwide that a salmonellosis outbreak appears to be linked to consumption of certain types of raw red tomatoes and products containing raw red tomatoes. The bacteria causing the illnesses are Salmonella serotype Saintpaul, an uncommon type of Salmonella.
The specific type and source of tomatoes are under investigation. However, preliminary data suggest that raw red plum, raw red Roma, or raw round red tomatoes are the cause. At this time, consumers should limit their tomato consumption to tomatoes that have not been implicated in the outbreak. These include cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, tomatoes sold with the vine still attached, and tomatoes grown at home."To read the whole article go to the FDA website.
It seems like two to three times a year now we are experiencing a major food sickness outbreak. I don't remember this happening when I was younger. I know it all stems from the industrialization of the food chain and other than buying what you can locally I'm not sure if there is a way to eat 100% safely. Of course this doesn't prevent you from getting sick via a restaurant that has purchased tainted food.
The worst part about this particular outbreak is that taking the regular precautions of washing your veggies wouldn't have helped because washing doesn't get rid of Salmonella.
Just another reason to plant your own garden, I guess.