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Tomato Growers Want Compensation for Losses in 2008 Outbreak


Business  (tags: farmers, tomato growers, government, FDA, economy, money, farming )

Carrie
- 359 days ago - foodsafetynews.com
Five years after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) legally, but mistakenly, warned people in Texas and New Mexico that tomatoes were likely responsible for a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Saintpaul, the tomato growers who suffered losses...



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Roger Garin-michaud (61)
Friday August 2, 2013, 1:31 pm
noted, thanks
 

Kit B. (277)
Friday August 2, 2013, 2:23 pm

Forty million for compensation? So much for the idea of poor farmers.
 

Birgit W. (140)
Friday August 2, 2013, 4:35 pm
Noted.
 

Jason S. (57)
Friday August 2, 2013, 5:40 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

GGmaSheila D. (132)
Friday August 2, 2013, 6:47 pm
As far as I can tell the FDA had the responsibilty, and the authority, to protect the American people. They acted responsibly by warning us so as to prevent any more people from getting sick. $40M is a bit over priced for tomatoes...unless coated in gold?? Noted and thank you.
 

Heidi Aubrey (5)
Friday August 2, 2013, 7:23 pm
If the land in question was/is under Federal jurisdiction, I really don't know how they will win or even if they should.

They sound like money grubbers to me looking for a handout.
 

Syd H. (48)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 1:43 am
Actually I think this is great. If the Beef Industry can sue Oprah then certainly tomato growers who lost so much based on completely false pure conjecture can pursue compensation for losses.

$40 million? How many people are in the US? 300 million. How many tomatoes do they consume each year? Far more. That gives an idea how many tomatoes were trashed rather than even fed to those seeking food in shelters or food banks. All that work from the farmers, and those working the farm was for naught and many lost homes and farms because of it.

It's not just one farm being greedy.

But one thing we can do ourselves is be far more aware of what we are eating and make better choices not just for our own benefit but everyone involved. Better tomatoes also equal better nutrition.

"TOMATOLAND" -- It's in bookstores, in libraries, and much of the info is on the net:
http://politicsoftheplate.com/?page_id=831

 

Syd H. (48)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 1:47 am
Here's another great piece on Tomatoes:

The Price of Tomatoes:
http://www.gourmet.com/magazine/2000s/2009/03/politics-of-the-plate-the-price-of-tomatoes

It is actually the article that spawned the book I linked above.
 

John S. (297)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 2:39 am
I undertand the desire to protect people, but doesn't actually reporting the wrong food to avoid increase the chance of people getting sick. Maybe they need to examine this whole process.
 

Lona Goudswaard (67)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 6:06 am
If the FDA was responsible for this mess it should pay up. And $40 million looks a lot of money,but I agree with Syd H. Distributed over all the farmers involved it comes down to very little if you've lost your farm and home because of the FDA's mistake.

Besides, it turned out not to be true, but it'll stick in the public's mind for a long time to come. Trust is easy to lose but very hard to (re)build.
 

Alice C. (1797)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 11:07 am
That's why weI grow are own organic tomatoes
 

Helen Porter (41)
Monday August 5, 2013, 6:19 am
good luck
 

Helen Porter (41)
Monday August 5, 2013, 6:21 am
Hey, if they win this one, maybe they'll go after the SOBs who are infecting their crops with MGOs.
 
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