Tomato salmonella outbreak grows to largest on record

06/24/2008 02:00:00 AM

The number of reported illnesses in the Salmonella saintpaul outbreak linked to fresh tomatoes has swelled to more than 600 people.

Robert Tauxe, deputy director of the Atlanta-based Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Foodborne, Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases, told NBC June 21 this is the largest salmonella outbreak linked to tomatoes since the agency started keeping records in the late 1960s.

The CDC said June 23 that there are now 613 reported illnesses in 32 states and Washington D.C.

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