Local fast food restaurants and have pulled raw tomatoes out of their products after the Federal Food and Drug Administration announced an out break of a rare form of salmonella.
The FDA reports that 145 people have been infected with this type of salmonella since the outbreak started, with 23 people hospitalized.
Certain types of tomatoes appear to be the source. While the outbreak started in Texas and New Mexico, FDA officials extended the warning nationwide Monday afternoon, prompting Inyo Mono Health Officer Dr. Rick Johnson to issue a public warning.
As the FDA works to narrow down exactly which tomatoes are to blame, the health officials say to avoid raw red plum, raw red Roma, or raw round red tomatoes. Other types of tomatoes are in the clear. Cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, tomatoes sold with the vine attached, and of course home grown tomatoes are all on the good list.
Where the tomatoes were grown also makes a difference. So far, tomatoes grown in California are considered fine to eat as well.