Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Canadian restaurants pull tomatoes over salmonella concerns

Several restaurant chains across Canada are pulling fresh tomatoes from their menus over concerns about a salmonella outbreak in the United States.

There have been 145 cases of salmonella poisoning in the U.S. since mid-April. No deaths have been reported, but 23 people have been hospitalized.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the Saintpaul strain of the bacteria comes from tainted red Roma or round red tomatoes.

Yum Brands' Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants pulled tomatoes from their stores as a precautionary measure Monday.

Cara Foods, which owns Milestones Grill and Bar, Montana's Cookhouse, Harvey's and Kelsey's restaurants, pulled tomatoes from its locations on Sunday.

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