Contaminated tomatoes cause of salmonella illness in Church Dinner

Contaminated tomatoes served at a church dinner in Highland, Kansas caused almost 70 people to become sick with a gastrointestinal illness, and several people were hospitalized. Theresa Freed, deputy secretary of public affairs for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, said that all food except tomatoes was ruled out as the source. “Testing of food that was served at the dinner has been completed and all tested negative for salmonella except for a sample of tomatoes that tested positive for the same strain of Salmonella Newport,” Freed said. The source of the tomatoes is still unknown because various residents brought the tomatoes from different locations. Freed said a grand total of 115 persons completed the Department of Health survey, and 69 reported they had become sick after attending the taco dinner. Fourteen victims have clinically tested positive for Salmonella Newport. @

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