Ag. Commissioner Criticizes FDA After Salmonella Scare

Kentucky's Agricultural Commissioner is one of several across the south, asking the FDA to improve it's response to to salmonella outbreak

Richie Farmer, and other commissioners in the south, say the agency needs to reform its procedures.

Officials with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture they say they're frustrated by the FDA because of the lack of communication, which in turn is causing unnecessary panic.

"What we're finding here is people are scared to eat any tomato because the FDA's overly broad discussion here," said Billy Clary with the Department of Agriculture.

Clary says the odds of any tomato have anything wrong with it is extremely low. The chance that Kentucky has the tainted tomato is even lower.

167 cases of salmonella have been reported since mid-April, connected to raw tomatoes. So far, no cases have been reported in Kentucky.

Several stores and restaurants have stopped selling and serving raw tomatoes because of the salmonella concerns. They include Burger King, Outback Steakhouse, Subway, Taco Bell, Winn Dixie, Wal-Mart and and McDonalds.

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