North Carolina tomato growers across the state say they are worried that a salmonella outbreak linked to raw tomatoes could doom this years crop that's just going to harvest.
North Carolina tomatoes are on the safe list, but farmers say it may be difficult to convince consumers the product is OK to eat.
Federal health investigators still have not found the source of
the outbreak that's sickened 167 people in 17 states since April.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the scare is
linked to a rare strain called salmonella saintpaul. Health officials in Houston say salmonella contributed to the death of a 67-year-old man with cancer.
Officials think only red plum, red Roma and round red tomatoes have caused illnesses. Federal investigators have cleared nine states, including both Carolinas, along with several countries.
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