LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Tomatoes or no tomatoes? That's the question for two Louisville-based restaurant chains after a warning
from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of a salmonella outbreak. And Kentucky-based companies Yum! Brands and Papa John's have two different answers.
The FDA's warned consumers about 145 reported cases of salmonella since mid April that have been linked to eating certain types of raw tomatoes. The agency "recommends that retailers, restaurateurs and food service operators not offer for sale and service raw red Roma, raw red plum and raw red round tomatoes," unless they are from a list of places that have not been associated with the outbreak, according to a statement on its Web site.
Yum! has stopped serving tomatoes, though there has been no
connection to its restaurants and the outbreak.
"Strictly as a precaution, we are temporarily not serving tomatoes," said Yum! spokeswoman Amy Sherwood in a statement. "Like other restaurants and supermarkets, we are following the FDA Advisory warning consumers not to eat certain tomatoes."
Yum! is the parent company of Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut, A&W and
Long John Silver's restaurants.
Papa John's will continue to use tomatoes on its products. Its pizzas are baked at more than 400 degrees Fahrenheit, too hot for the bacteria to survive.
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