City health department names restaura...

City health department names restaurant tied to tainted tomatoes

There are 56 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jun 18, 2008, titled City health department names restaurant tied to tainted tomatoes. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

A cluster of nine salmonella cases linked to tainted tomatoes occured at the Adobo Grill's two restaurants on Chicago's North Side, the Chicago Department of Public Health said Wednesday.

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Tim

Downers Grove, IL

#51 Jun 18, 2008
I think that obama is at fault. He, as senator,should have personally set up a tomatoe inspection department employing thousands to try to have prevented this. With obama, 99% of all citizens will be employed by big government. Your pay will be minus 75% withholding.
Elizabeth

Chicago, IL

#53 Jun 18, 2008
Erik wrote:
Tomatoes on the vine were previously reported as not being a part of the current salmonella scare. Yet they are pictured in this story. So what is the story on TOV's?
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/sns-ap...

So, as of 6/18, the AP is reporting tomatoes on the vine as still safe.
Elizabeth

Chicago, IL

#54 Jun 18, 2008
waveland wrote:
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you can't wash it away from the tomatoes it is only in raw tomatoes. they must be heated to destroy the salmonella
The FDA recommends neither washing nor cooking in this case, as the contamination can spread. It also is not obvious whether the bacteria have entered inside the tomato or are on the surface.

http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/tomatqa.html#wa...

# Will washing the tomatoes identified in this outbreak make them safe to eat?

Consumers are advised not to try to wash raw red plum, red Roma, or raw red round tomatoes that are implicated in the outbreak. Consumers should throw these tomatoes out. Once produce is contaminated with pathogens such as Salmonella, the contamination is difficult to remove.

# Will peeling the tomatoes implicated in this outbreak make them safe to eat?

Consumers are advised not to try to peel raw red plum, red Roma, or raw red round tomatoes that have not been ruled out as the source of the outbreak. Consumers should throw these tomatoes out. Peeling a tomato that is contaminated on the outside would be likely to spread the contamination to the inside. Also, if the contamination is already on the inside, peeling will not remove it.

# Can cooking tomatoes eliminate Salmonella?

Consumers should not attempt to cook the tomatoes involved in this outbreak in an effort to kill Salmonella. Handling tomatoes contaminated with Salmonella can spread the bacterium to anything the handler touches, including hands, kitchen utensils, cutting boards, sinks, and other foods. Cooking tomatoes in the home will not ensure that Salmonella is eliminated.
Alice dGoon

United States

#55 Jun 18, 2008
I blame everybody. Who doesn't have a reason to be guilty?
jay

AOL

#56 Jun 18, 2008
Love that Guac wrote:
I don't get there very often, but when I do, it's the restaurant I pick when in Old Town. mmmm Best Guacamole in town!!!
I make the best Guac!! lol
Dark n Sweet LuLu

United States

#63 Jun 18, 2008
BEST POST on this forum:
Pee Rrr wrote:
"Paul LoDuca, the Adobo Grill restauran, said Wednesday that the restaurant was the "unknowing victim" of tomatoes contaminated with salmonella."
Who me? No, it was those tomatoes!!!! You can't trust them. Why should a restaurant be responsible for the safety of their food?
I think "LoDuca" is Italian for "The Dumbazz".
Tim199

Stevensville, MI

#64 Jun 18, 2008
PaulG wrote:
Isn't naming the restaurant in this case like naming the victim in a rape case? Also the picture with the story shows "Tomatoes on the Vine". I thought they were safe?
I'll bet the nine people who were sickened by what they ate at the restaurant would not liken the restaurant management to a rape victim. Produce with dirt/bacteria/etc comes in the back door of restaurants all the time. It's up to the restaurant staff to thoroughly wash the produce before it's prepared and served.
AboutTime

Saint Petersburg, FL

#65 Jun 18, 2008
Geeze... there were probably a few folks out there who got salmonella eating there, never saw a doctor, and so it went unreported - all for the sake of keeping the lid on a story.

The City of Chicago might take one further step - reconsidering their recent inclusion of Adobo Grill into their Taste of Chicago. It does seem poorly timed:

"Taste of Chicago slims down while prices expand"
Chris Olson
Issue date: 6/16/08

"To fill the void, nine new restaurants will be featured this year, including Adobo Grill, The Breakfast Club, Canady Le Chocolatier, Hashbrowns, Las Tablas, Now We're Poppin', Soul Vegetarian East, Tamarind and Wow Bao."
Dick you Daily

United States

#66 Jun 18, 2008
That's what Adobo gets for failing to pay off the "inspector".

"Dirty tomatos ... I'm shocked"!!!

Bwahahahahahahahahaaaaaa !!!!
Mr Green

Saint Paul, MN

#67 Jun 18, 2008
> I doubt very much you've ever been to a third
> world country. You wouldn't have posted your
> assinine (sic) comment if you had.

ScottyP,

When I was in Guatemala, the grocery store shelves were mostly empty. You had to take what was available. I had to visit the doctor. He gave me medicine from the US that was expired. No government oversight, except for the military carrying Heckler-Koch automatic weapons around the airport.

In the US, by comparison, food is increasingly contaminated. Some prescription medicine is now made in China with questionable ingredients. Daley wants the Chicago Police to carry assault weapons.

Which part of my post was ASININE?

BTW, the red dotted line under a word means it is misspelled.
waveland

Chicago, IL

#68 Jun 18, 2008
Elizabeth wrote:
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The FDA recommends neither washing nor cooking in this case, as the contamination can spread. It also is not obvious whether the bacteria have entered inside the tomato or are on the surface.
http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/tomatqa.html#wa...
# Will washing the tomatoes identified in this outbreak make them safe to eat?
Consumers are advised not to try to wash raw red plum, red Roma, or raw red round tomatoes that are implicated in the outbreak. Consumers should throw these tomatoes out. Once produce is contaminated with pathogens such as Salmonella, the contamination is difficult to remove.
# Will peeling the tomatoes implicated in this outbreak make them safe to eat?
Consumers are advised not to try to peel raw red plum, red Roma, or raw red round tomatoes that have not been ruled out as the source of the outbreak. Consumers should throw these tomatoes out. Peeling a tomato that is contaminated on the outside would be likely to spread the contamination to the inside. Also, if the contamination is already on the inside, peeling will not remove it.
# Can cooking tomatoes eliminate Salmonella?
Consumers should not attempt to cook the tomatoes involved in this outbreak in an effort to kill Salmonella. Handling tomatoes contaminated with Salmonella can spread the bacterium to anything the handler touches, including hands, kitchen utensils, cutting boards, sinks, and other foods. Cooking tomatoes in the home will not ensure that Salmonella is eliminated.
Point taken Elizabeth, but isn't it true only uncooked tomatoes are the culprits?
waveland

Chicago, IL

#69 Jun 18, 2008
Elizabeth wrote:
<quoted text>
The FDA recommends neither washing nor cooking in this case, as the contamination can spread. It also is not obvious whether the bacteria have entered inside the tomato or are on the surface.
http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/tomatqa.html#wa...
# Will washing the tomatoes identified in this outbreak make them safe to eat?
Consumers are advised not to try to wash raw red plum, red Roma, or raw red round tomatoes that are implicated in the outbreak. Consumers should throw these tomatoes out. Once produce is contaminated with pathogens such as Salmonella, the contamination is difficult to remove.
# Will peeling the tomatoes implicated in this outbreak make them safe to eat?
Consumers are advised not to try to peel raw red plum, red Roma, or raw red round tomatoes that have not been ruled out as the source of the outbreak. Consumers should throw these tomatoes out. Peeling a tomato that is contaminated on the outside would be likely to spread the contamination to the inside. Also, if the contamination is already on the inside, peeling will not remove it.
# Can cooking tomatoes eliminate Salmonella?
Consumers should not attempt to cook the tomatoes involved in this outbreak in an effort to kill Salmonella. Handling tomatoes contaminated with Salmonella can spread the bacterium to anything the handler touches, including hands, kitchen utensils, cutting boards, sinks, and other foods. Cooking tomatoes in the home will not ensure that Salmonella is eliminated.
I both agree, and disagree. You see salmonella is eliminated by heating what you are saying is true if you are saying that it will be spread by cross contamination, much the same way preparing raw chicken on the same cutting board you might use to chop lettuce for a salad will contaminate the lettuce. Remember CLEAN.. CLEAN.. CLEAN!
Ken in Aurora

Atlanta, GA

#74 Jun 19, 2008
Mr Green wrote:
(snip) BTW, the red dotted line under a word means it is misspelled.
If you're seeing a red line under words in your browser, you should probably run a virus check and spyware scan! Topix doesn't provide spellcheck.
Concerned Viewer

Schaumburg, IL

#75 Jun 19, 2008
[QUOTE who="Mr Green]Which part of my post was ASININE?
[/QUOTE]
Im guessing this part..."Yucch! I am afraid to eat out anymore. "
If you happened to buy the same tomatoes from a grocery store that recieved tomatoes from the same source as the restaurant, you could get sick at home. Look up a few posts from your last and read the tomato Q&A someone posted.
Or maybe it was the "america turning into a third world country" part. Quite over-dramatic.
Mr Daley

Alsip, IL

#76 Jun 19, 2008
Relax concerned citizens. I've decided to propose a city ordinance banning all tomatos in Chicago. Police will be ordered to arrest tomato dealers and tomato users on sight.

Of course, this ordinance will pass. I've ordered each alderman to vote for it. They always do what I say.
beng

New York, NY

#77 Jun 19, 2008
so dumb ... you have to be in a cave or you are one of those silly people (like the woman who is suing victoria's secret) to not know about the tomato scare. No one is forcing you to eat it. If you were that concerned you would ask for no tomatoes. So as a consumer, if you know the tomatoes are bad and you don't ask for them to be removed or if you ordered something with tomatoes in it like spaghetti sauce ... that's your own fault. now if you are out to sue people for money like the victoria's secret thong lady or even that silly wendy's chilli finger lady who is now in jail .. you deserve to get sick!!

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