Officials Warn Texans Not to Eat Raw Tomatoes

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - State health officials today are urging Texans not to eat certain types of raw tomatoes.  The appeal comes from the Texas Department of State Health Services as it investigates a multistate outbreak of Salmonella.

That includes 21 confirmed cases in Texas.  No deaths have been reported in Texas since the outbreak began in mid-April. The department says the investigation is in its early stages, but consumption of raw tomatoes has been targeted as the likely source of the Saintpaul strain of the Salmonella bacteria.

Specific types and sources of tomatoes have not been identified.  As they work to determine the source, health officials are advising that people not eat any raw Roma or full-sized round tomatoes other than those sold attached to the vine or grown at home.

The confirmed cases of Salmonellosis were found in Harris, Fort Bend, Dallas, Tarrant, Hays and Cameron counties.