Tomato growers lobby for compensation in Salmonella scare

August 6, 2008

Source of Article: http://members.ift.org/IFT/Pubs/Newsletters/weekly/nl_080608.htm

The nation’s tomato industry hopes Congress will help it recoup the $100 million in lost sales incurred as a result of the June 7 advisory put out by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Now that the focus of the government’s Salmonella outbreak investigation has shifted to Mexican-grown jalapeño and Serrano peppers, tomato growers are claiming the investigation was inadequate. They are advocating the passage of a bill introduced in July by representative Tim Mahoney (D-Fla) to compensate them for their losses up to $100 million.

 

“There should be some compensation,” said Mahoney. “They have done nothing. They shouldn't be held accountable. You have indicted an entire industry and left doubt that it's OK to eat tomatoes.”

For more information, read the Bloomberg article.

 

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