Rotten tomatoes are plenty

Fast food chains across the United States have pulled tomatoes from their sandwiches in the wake of a salmonella outbreak.

McDonald’s Corp said this week that it has temporarily pulled tomatoes from its burgers. The company had not detected salmonella bacteria in any of its tomato supplies, but took the step as a precaution.

Since mid-April, 145 people in at least 16 states have been infected with the bacteria known as Salmonella Saintpaul, which has been linked to raw tomatoes.

The US Food and Drug Administration has said consumers should limit consumption of raw red Roma, plum and round tomatoes. The agency has advised restaurants and grocery stores not to sell those varieties.

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