Sunday, June 15, 2008

Tomato Terror

At my local farmer's market last week there was a sign on a bin containing some delicious looking tomatoes. It read "SAFE." The fact that such a sign was necessary was not just dismaying. It was scary.

I am a big believer in buying local and organic and the recent salmonella-tomatoes epidemic certainly hammers home why doing so is not just good for the environment and your taste buds, but may keep you from death by produce.

Slate has a good explainer article on how these tomatoes came to be contaminated in the first place. In the meantime, if gazpacho is a culinary craving for you this week, make sure the tomatoes you buy are on the vine.

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