Just when we start to relax about tomatoes, another notice is issued. This time, this City of Lubbock says it has learned of five cases of salmonella infections in Lubbock County related to the nationwide outbreak. The concern for us locally is that the five are not related, so officials can't pinpoint the site of exposure. They just know that two of the cases were likely brought in from out of town travel.
Overall, this means the CDC has 1090 confirmed cases in 42 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. What was first believed to be just a tomato problem has grown to include jalapeno and Serrano peppers.
The search continues to find the source of contamination. So far, it is still a mystery. Just remember, if you buy tomatoes, be sure that they are cherry or grape tomatoes or are sold with the vine attached.
CDC current recommendations can be found online at http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella . The FDA provides an updated list of locations that are not the source of the tomatoes in the outbreak online at www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/tomatoes.html .