It was once dangerous to buy spinach, now even McDonalds is removing tomatoes from of its hamburgers. What's going on? It turns out that the KIND of tomatoes you buy are what's important.
The FDA reports that people in 16 states are becoming ill from a fruit-borne form of salmonella, which has been linked to raw red tomatoes. The illness lurks in the STEM end of the tomato, then spreads to the rest of the flesh. You can avoid getting the disease by buying only "cluster" tomatoes, which are still attached to the vine on which they were grown, or cooking them for a short period of time (such as running them under the broiler). Cherry tomatoes are safe to eat raw.
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