(June 9, 12:12 p.m.) While federal and state agencies were investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Saintpaul linked to fresh tomatoes, the United Fresh Produce Association and the North American Tomato Trade Work Group were preparing to publish the second edition of a commodity-specific food safety document.

David Gombas, United Fresh’s senior vice president of food safety and technology, said the up-dated “Food Safety Guidelines for the Fresh Tomato Supply Chain” should be available by the end of June. He said the document will be available free of charge on the Web sites of United Fresh, the Maitland-based Florida Tomato Growers Exchange Inc. and the Fresno-based California Tomato Farmers cooperative.

Gombas said that while the original version published in 2006 focused primarily on growing and packing, the updated document has more information for other parts of the supply chain, including retail and foodservice. He said more than 40 companies from all parts of the supply chain submitted comments for the 50-page document.