Group calls for tighter produce safety rules

July 3, 2008 9:30:01 PM PDT
The salmonella outbreak drags on with no source pin-pointed yet. Now, a consumer group wants the FDA to tighten up its rules for fruits and vegetables.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest says we need better tracking systems so investigators can easily find the sources of contaminated food.

"An outbreak like this shows us these gaps in our system, and in our ability to track the food product, in our ability to count the illnesses. Many of the illnesses have been counted late in the game because it takes the states so long to get the lab results back," said Caroline DeWaal.

869 people have gotten sick with the rare Saintpaul strain of salmonella. Tomatoes were the initial prime suspect. But, the federal government is now looking at other items eaten with tomatoes.