Friday, June 27, 2008
Is The USDA Sure It Is Tomatoes?
I've read that my State, Guanajuato, has been cleared of raising the Salmonella Tomatoes. That is good and I'm sure the growers are glad to be able to send their tomatoes North again. But here is something that I don't understand and I've been reading and trying to find out how the USDA decided that tomatoes were the culprit.
It takes 12 hours to three or four days before the symptoms appear. Okay in 12 hours you might be able to remember everything you ate but three or four days later? Were tomatoes the only common item among all the cases of salmonella? Have they found crates of contaminated tomatoes?
I'm just saying I'm a little skeptical of the USDA. So I'd appreciate it if you could point me to a website that can answer my questions.
UPDATE: Ask and receive. Within a hour of this posting a friend wrote me and cited these two locations......Newsweek and the USDA .
Okay, the picture of the tomato is one given to me by my friend Joe from his terrace container garden. He called it a yellow or orange heirloom tomato. I went looking on the internet and found one that looked like it and the description described the way it looked and tasted.....Huge heirloom beefsteak tomato named for the Amana Colonies in Iowa. These organic tomato seeds produce big, regular leaf plants that produce above average amounts of beautiful light-orange, irregular shaped (fluted) heirloom tomatoes that can grow to 2 pounds or more, with an average diameter of 5 inches. Excellent sweet, almost tropical fruit flavors. Whether this is the exact tomato or not, it was a damn good tomato. Joe is giving me some seeds so hopefully I'll be growing my own soon.