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Safe Handling of Tomatoes

Recently, a number of Salmonella outbreaks associated with the consumption of raw tomatoes occurred in the USA. Although fruits and vegetables are not always associated with Salmonella infection, outbreaks did occur in the USA in the past. Here are some safety tips when you eat tomatoes:

  Safety tips for consumers:
  • Avoid purchasing bruised or damaged tomatoes and discard any that appear spoiled;
  • Keep tomatoes that will be consumed raw separate from raw meats, seafood, and poultry;
  • Wash the outer surface of the tomatoes thoroughly under running water;
  • Wash hands thoroughly with liquid soap and warm water before cutting tomatoes;
  • Use separate knives and chopping boards for handling ready-to-eat tomatoes and other raw food;
  • Wash all utensils thoroughly with hot water and detergent before and after use;
  • Consume cut tomatoes as soon as possible, refrigerate leftovers promptly; and
  • Discard cut tomatoes that have been kept at room temperature for more than 2 hours.


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