Commissary officials say tomatoes are safe
TOKYO — Officials from the military’s Post Exchange and Commissary stores said Tuesday that none of their products are involved in the salmonella outbreak affecting some tomatoes in the United States.
Commissary officials in South Korea, mainland Japan and Okinawa said their stores do carry red Roma, red plum and other types of tomatoes on the banned list. But, they also said, their tomatoes come from local growers or California, a state on the Food and Drug Administration’s safe list.
A spokesman at the Army and Air Force Exchange Service said Tuesday that tomatoes sold at AAFES facilities remain safe.
Late last week, the FDA warned consumers not to eat some raw tomatoes as they traced an outbreak of salmonellosis.
As of Tuesday, the FDA continued to recommend avoiding the following tomatoes: raw red Romas, raw red plum, raw red round or any products containing these in raw form. Exceptions to the ban were made for tomatoes grown in certain states, including California.
Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, especially in young children, older people or people with weakened immune systems. Systems include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.