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Many local restaurants remove uncooked tomatoes from the menu

Many local restaurants and grocery stores are taking uncooked tomatoes off their menus, afraid that customers could get sick.

It comes after the Food and Drug Administration warned that more than 150 people nationwide have gotten food poisioning from salmonella-tainted tomatoes.

Even though Kentucky is not one of the 16 states where illnesses are reported, restaurants like McDonald's, Subway, and Qdoba are no longer serving tomatoes.

Besides the national chain restaurants, local businesses are reacting too. The Manhattan Grill downtown on 7th. Street has already removed and boxed up tomatoes from its menu.

Mitch Lary of the Manhattan Grill explains, "Since this morning we have pulled all of our tomatoes from our menu items till further notice to make sure nobody's gonna be sick...I like to probably order the tomatoes like cherry tomatoes or tomatoes that will be safe, hopefully by tomorrow."

The source of the tainted tomatoes has not been pinpointed, but health officials in Texas and New Mexico said none was grown in those two states.

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