FDA Offers Warning – Tomatoes Associated with Salmonellosis Outbreak

 In 1. David Scott Peters, Marketing, Of Interest, Operations

Authored by David Scott Peters

Talk about crisis waiting to happen, this is it! If you’ve sidestepped the recent salmonellosis crisis up to now, it’s time for you to face it head on.

The FDA released a warning this weekend that all restaurants and sellers of raw tomatoes discontinue the use of raw red plum, raw red Roma and raw red round tomato varieties in all menu items, if your tomatoes weren’t from specific regions.

Please check with your distributor to find out where your tomatoes came from. If they’re not from one of the following regions, find out how to return your tomatoes to the distributor and get your money back:

  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Dominican Republic
  • Guatemala
  • Israel
  • Netherlands
  • Puerto Rico

Keep in mind you can still offer tomatoes and use tomatoes in your menu items. Just make sure they are of the cherry, grape or on-the-vine varieties, which have been cleared by the FDA.

Don’t risk any reports of illness coming back to your restaurant, especially now that the FDA has issued these warnings.

David Scott Peters is a restaurant expert, coach, trainer and speaker, specializing in systems for independent restaurant owners. He is known as the SMART Systems guy who can walk into any restaurant in the United Stated and find you $10,000 in undiscovered cash before he hits the back door … Guaranteed! Visit www.TheRestaurantExpert.com for more.

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