Salmonella outbreak has local businesses taking steps to keep customers safe - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Salmonella outbreak has local businesses taking steps to keep customers safe

Federal health officials continue to look for the source of a salmonella outbreak linked to tomatoes. Illnesses have been reported in at least 16 states and close to two dozen people have been hospitalized.

Several major businesses around the country have taken steps to reassure their customers. That is having a trickle down affect on Metro Louisville.

You can certainly find tomatoes in Metro Louisville, at several locations. At places where store managers and restaurant managers say they're sure of their products, places like Paul's Fruits and Vegetables and Frank's on Preston Highway.

Frank Tooley of Frank's Market says, "The tomatoes are from Florida, I go through four or five boxes a day, everyday, I go through two or three at lunchtime and nobody has said a word about them."

Jarfi's Restaurant on Bardstown Road told FOX 41 every precaution has been taken, with vendors.

Jeff Jarfi of Jarfi's Restaurant says, "I was assured, all the tomatoes I have that have been delivered on Friday and Saturday are good and have not been recalled, so we are using them and serving them and we are serving tomatoes tonight."

But because of the salmonella outbreak that has sickened scores of people, most in Texas and New Mexico, some major chains are reacting. In metro Louisville, McDonalds, Kroger, and Texas Roadhouse have pulled certain tomatoes from their menus and shelves.

Raw red plum, red round tomatoes and red roma tomatoes. According to the FDA, cherry and grape tomatoes are fine. The FDA says no death's have been reported.

Jarfi says, "We cannot take chances with anything that will injure our customers, our employees or anybody. We had a couple of tables come in and ask if we are serving tomatoes tonight, and we are serving tomatoes at this time."

Tooley says, "I talked to my salesman, he says he hasn't heard a lot about it, just what he has seen on the internet and that's about it."

Again, no illnesses have been reported in Kentucky, but have been in 16 other states, including Indiana.

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