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We'll help get this the FDA now says it is now -- -- eat all tomatoes were comes.
Weeks after the warning of a possible link between some tomatoes and one of the largest Salmonella outbreaks in US history.
Tomato farmers as you -- measure up in arms over the way all this was handled joining us now.
On the phone our favor tomato farmer Gilani or wife from Gonzales packaging and Gonzales California so melodic.
You I don't think I I don't think you could see -- a lot of she's on the phone but I'm gonna tell you what -- About the -- Gilani.
I got a beautiful red tomato here just for you I'm gonna bite into this thing I had the cover my tie.
I didn't download.
Tomatoes are as good as ever hear you're not they're both me.
Anything on television for obvious reasons I mean I've read stuff between my -- now maligning.
But I gotta tell you there's nothing like a fresh tomatoes one of the best food you can possibly.
We did here and Fox Business how do you feel now that the FDA says it's finally OK -- -- -- Why -- really frustrated and I'm sure there's others in our industry there just as frustrated with their government.
-- Their message.
Certainly gave the wrong message to consumers they should have admitted that there was never any conclusive evidence to suggest tomatoes were the cause of this outbreak.
And I unfortunately.
Believe the government failed to exercise found by -- The outbreaks cause may never be found that consumer confidence and fresh market tomatoes then -- the photos items will be forever damaged.
Now we are hearing from some people in the industry I don't know if you've been here in the same figure that.
As much as a hundred million dollars to be lost among you and your fellow tomato farmers.
REIT easy I have we took a look at the figures yesterday and we're probably down 2.5 million -- sales.
Whoa what how.
It it you know we don't have represented the FDA by the way the guy who seems to be behind declaring it all safe right now is doctor David Acheson.
He's from the food and drug administration's food safety division he's the chief of that division is.
Does he have.
Too much authority this one guy to say on a one day that Salmonella may be infecting our tomatoes and on the next day that tomatoes are okay.
Well I think the problem with doctor -- attorneys that he that he is that -- a lot of idle speculation before the product.
He's made a lot of comments that were not based on any scientific fact.
And he's -- yesterday -- find it took us in that direction and very clearly there was an association with tomatoes.
There was no reason to believe that that -- was wrong however there was no evidence to believe that.
And that evidence was.
-- I -- but it is since this is we don't have them here and I don't wanna pick on somebody who's not here to defend himself but.
What what he would probably say or certainly I know the FDA is it's better to err on the side of safety on the side of caution you knew that people were getting sick from Salmonella there seem to be a link to tomatoes and peppers so.
Why not warn people against both until we know what's the cost.
Well the FDA I think is going a little better job now live with Toronto peppers at least there warning people that have -- compromised immune system.
And they're not telling people hate it don't go out -- Serrano peppers like they did with tornadoes -- being a little bit more responsible.
However the problem is with the FDA and CDC that they did not keep an open mind that it might beat -- other food item that was out there.
And it's really unfortunate that you know that this this outbreak has continued that there's been -- -- other victims aren't.
People can't get -- -- Aaron good that's wrong.
And then we have the produce industry have a moral obligation to prove provide AE healthy product and we try to do that.
Our government here should be helping us -- let the Dolly.
Okay well let me just ask -- a -- -- do you think that the government it causes the FDA in particular causes more harm than good as far as food safety.
In this -- they did absolutely.
So what should we have done if we don't have an outside regulator.
Is competition within the market enough to regulate food safety.
Well -- have to be standardized methodology methodologies.
That are created -- and implemented.
Across this country.
-- out then there is certain improvements that can be made.
But we have -- industry are working hard to provide a safer product don't know why companies certainly isn't that they have got a lot of police sources.
Did I'm sure you have let me finally ask you a lot of what -- you go from here how do you restore -- -- lead as many tomatoes on -- I -- To help you out but what what what are you have to do now.
Why aren't going to be really impossible for us to go out and end up paper advertising that could convince her the -- -- -- that they eat.
All Lincoln did try to hang in there and hope eventually that consumer confidence returns.
Well there's no time to -- -- tomato in the United States like July when those good Jersey tomatoes -- -- tomatoes from California come -- This is this is one of these state committee you don't want to miss folks so get your tomatoes.
It hadn't feared not even the FDA says zero Katie now Bellotti -- -- thank you so much for coming in appreciate it not man.
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