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This on Salmonella tainted tomatoes plummeted 228 announces -- -- -- -- the Food and Drug Administration.
Now focusing on tomatoes grown in Florida's health officials -- grappling to find the source of the outbreak.
Fox News medical contributor doctor Marc Siegel says there's no need to panic.
Mark is the author of false alarm the truth about the epidemic.
-- -- People afraid them -- here.
Well the reason people are afraid -- -- we don't know where exactly it's coming from when is a mystery it always breeds fear if you vitamin into a tomato tonight though if you manage to find one somewhere.
It probably would be safe so we have two issues one is it's a growing problem we have a fear of actually doing the things we need to do to food to keep it safe.
And then we have a perception problem when we see this -- all over the news that any -- was unsafe we have to solve both problems.
Listen the better part of doctor when people aren't true just don't have -- I mean there's no risk -- not happening well except that what -- -- instead you know McDonald's is taking.
It's tomatoes off the shelves of a burger kings put -- back on some burger integral tonight figures and out.
Over the healthier things that we have -- -- -- loaded with vitamins loaded with minerals they're really really good for you.
So I think we need to figure out a way to keep his you know the real problem Neil is that these are raw vegetables I mean this -- -- Salmonella bacteria.
In the poultry and meat we eat but we can cook -- away we can't do that with people with the up produce -- -- -- You don't have -- -- -- -- -- -- -- I'm all for that you know but but if you're gonna have a -- as part of a salad you know we don't want our food handlers to use chlorine dioxide which keeps their hands clean and the tomatoes -- we don't wanna use genetic technology -- to keep our tomatoes safe.
We don't want to irradiate our tomatoes.
That was really argument as -- see -- -- that this dividend of Fox News Channel that this that this push toward organic.
-- -- the likelihood we could have problems.
But the organic folks came right back at -- -- Europeans and say you know -- There's a great deal of -- with irradiated food and food that's been chemically treated there's a far greater risk of something go wrong with that and -- with.
The rare chance of something like this.
Well -- like a rare chance Parton -- they're right about that.
But they have no evidence whatsoever that -- -- food does anything to it I mean using genetics makes everybody nervous because we don't have long term data.
But you can't just -- fear on top of that -- -- This comes -- -- they were talking about you know chemicals used to make that tomatoes are apples look.
Super -- well now let's let loose and yes fun that's a different are we don't -- all right well at times when it gets to us if it doesn't say organic I mean it's sort of a crapshoot what.
-- We'll see you can't win either way but I'm against trying to make food look beautiful attempt let's just -- -- be at noble and good for you -- mean that's a really good idea but is it anyway it's after when you're looking at tomatoes just in the grocery stores like hey it's.
This is maybe not -- Well it looks like it's not good it's probably not but you know something I'm a -- digital way with Salman Ali it's not based on appearance but -- have accused in a statistical argument we're talking about a little more than 200 cases here in the entire United States.
And millions of tomatoes.
You know if -- if there's a lot of things to worry about in this world tomatoes really are high on the list which is not the same thing as saying that the FDA's hands aren't -- they have to do this particular job.
The spotlight on them the risk remains minimal.
All right but you will it's your saying that the push toward organic and aren't paying extra -- organic.
Might lead to this type positions were seen because these bacteria are actually getting more used to tomatoes and other produced by the way they're actually transforming in ways that and allow them to go from crop to crop that's one of the problems so the problem starts with chickens and with -- and then into in the rain water irrigation spreads to the crops non food handlers and we go state to state the only reason you're here in 23 states is that the phone is growing once -- -- governor goes to another state we gotta give us an able confirmed the wisdom of -- -- Napoleon died.
No it -- not -- thought I could get away with -- doctor always good thanks thank you very much.
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