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Red menace: Tomatoes pulled from store shelves

June 10, 2008

Restaurants and stores nationwide have stopped serving and certain varieties of tomatoes in response to an outbreak of salmonella that has sickened more than 150 people since April. University of Minnesota food safety experts are:
JoEllen Feirtag and Francisco Diez-Gonzalez, professors, U of M department of Food Science and Nutrition 

Fiertag and Diez-Gonzalez can explain how food-processing techniques both at the consumer and the producer level can affect the safety of fresh produce. Both have extensive experience on the topic of food safety, especially as it relates to fresh fruits and vegetables. They are part of a three-year study examining how bacteria survive on vegetables and how farm practices could prevent outbreaks of food-borne illness. 

To interview these experts, contact the University News Service, (612) 624-5551.

Tags: College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

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