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Texas records more tomato-related salmonella cases

Health officials confirmed Friday that more cases of salmonella blamed on raw tomatoes have been reported in Texas and other states.

Officials estimated that the state’s total was now at 56. New Mexico had reported 40.

From April 23 through June 1, 57 cases of Salmonella Saintpaul have been reported in nine other states, with 17 hospitalizations, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

Most of the Texas cases have been in Harris County, but there have been cases reported in Tarrant and Dallas counties.

About 30 people have become ill in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin. People with increased risk of severe infection, including infants, the elderly and those with impaired immune systems, should not eat any Roma or full-sized tomatoes other than those sold attached to the vine or grown at home.

The FDA is warning consumers to limit their consumption of tomatoes to those that have not been implicated in the outbreak, including cherry and grape tomatoes. Health officials continue to investigate the source of the contaminated tomatoes.

Consumers should be aware that raw tomatoes are often used in the preparation of fresh salsa, guacamole, or pico de gallo, and in tortillas or other food products.

Several grocery store chains and restaurants have pulled Roma and red round tomatoes from their shelves.