McDonald's Pulls Sliced Tomatoes

June 9, 2008 1:10:32 PM PDT
McDonald's is holding the tomatoes. You don't even have to ask. It has stopped serving sliced tomatoes in its U.S. restaurants over concerns about Salmonella food poisoning linked to some raw varieties.

The world's largest fast-food chain is continuing to serve grape tomatoes in salads, as there have been no problems reported with them.

And it isn't alone in taking action. The Winn-Dixie grocery chain says it is taking some tomatoes off its shelves. Other restaurant and supermarket chains have reportedly taken similar actions as federal health officials probe the source of the outbreak.

The source of the tomatoes responsible for the illnesses in at least 16 states has not been pinpointed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said at least 23 people have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported.

The FDA has urged consumers to be cautious about eating certain red Roma, raw red plum or raw red round tomatoes and products that are made with them.