Tomato Scared

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Tomato NoticeFollowing the recent salmonella scare linked to tomatoes, I’ve notice a lot of people on edge lately. If you check your grocery shelves they should be void of all tomatoes, even fast food restaurants are scared to feed their consumers any tomato products.

While getting a quick treat at a local Burger King I saw this sign on the door warning its customers not to consume any tomatoes and that they will not be serving tomatoes until it is deemed safe. Hats off to Burger King for stepping up their game and refusing to serve tainted tomatoes. Most companies are just out to make a buck so to see one concerned about their customers health or the possibility of a lawsuit is pretty noble of them.

I’m not one to just eat a tomato because it is there. I dont’ eat them in my salad. In fact the only time I consume a tomato is in spaghetti sauce form. But, I did notice that another restaurant that we dined at while visiting my parents were still serving tomatoes with their salads which kind of freaked us out when they were brought to the table as if the tomatoes were the plague of death or something.

I know one thing I am thankful of and that is my choice to start going organic on everything that I eat. So had I bought tomatoes they probably would have been organic so therefore the recall wouldn’t have effected me.

But what does concern me is what about the tomatoes that are canned or jarred in sauces and such? Where did those tomatoes come from and how can we be sure they are safe? Yeah, sure the canned and jarred stuff has been cooked to a certain temperature but it still kind of makes you wonder doesn’t it? Can we really expect to trust the foods we eat? Is it all a big risk now?

I remember a day when there weren’t any recalls and if there were you didn’t really hear a whole lot about it. Now a days everyone is so scared to do anything that we are going to die of stress induced problems if we aren’t careful. Its not healthy to have to stress over if this meal is safe or not or if this meal will eventually kills if we consume it.

What has happened with this country? What is with all the concern?

I know one thing, if my state wasn’t under a water ban right now I would really be pursuing the thought of growing my own garden that way at least I know it would be safe. But eventually is that what we are all going to have to do, grow our own food?

Just a few things to think about. Let me hear your opinions. What do you think about the whole tomato thing? Do you buy organic? Have you thought about growing your own food?

The Domestic Diva

Heather is a homeschooling mom of two boys currently living in central Georgia. She has been sharing her domestic story online as a blogger for 13 years. Through her blog and social media platforms, Heather provides a glimpse into domestic life as she shares with other stay-at-home moms how she tackles modern homemaking with the challenges of raising a family.

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4 Comments

  1. June 21, 2008 / 2:52 am

    I think it’s crazy how many people just choose to live in fear nowadays. I mean, there’s a certain amount of risk with just being alive, so you might as well enjoy it while you’re here. I take “normal precautions” – you know, I buckle my seat belt, I try to eat healthy, I exercise, I hold onto the blade whenever I’m walking with scissors. But I don’t look at every bite of food as “food that could potentially kill me”.

    We usually don’t buy organic b/c the prices here are usually pretty outrageous – significantly more than the “non organic” produce at the grocery store. We used to grow a reasonably large garden w/ many veggies, but a few years ago a herd of deer moved into our neighborhood, and anytime we try to plant veggies, the deer eat them. In fact, there are only a couple of types of plants that we have, that the deer don’t eat – and none of them are “edible”. In fact I think one of them is poisonous. The only “edible” plant that the deer don’t eat is the onion – and the squirrels usually destroy that. So we don’t plant a large garden anymore.

  2. June 22, 2008 / 12:09 pm

    We still have an abundance of tomatoes in our grocery stores. The salmonella outbreak did not include any tomatoes that were on the vine, or Roma tomotoes. So a lot of our grocers still stock those, and since the recall only affects tomatoes grown in select states, they do not purchase from those states.

    I’m being safe and only eatting the “Safe” tomatoes (roma all the way!)

  3. June 22, 2008 / 3:35 pm

    yeah, i was going to say the same thing as audra – a lot of tomatoes weren’t effected and a lot of restaurants use cherry tomatoes on their salads.

    it just gives me another reason to want to eat organic/grown my own vegetables.

  4. June 23, 2008 / 1:34 pm

    I really love tomatoes, so much so that I eat them like you would an apple…lol. I don’t generally buy my tomatoes from the grocery store though. My parents have a huge garden and that is where I get most of my produce. My mom cans the excess, so there is always veggies in the off seasons.

    All of the food issues that we are seeing lately really does make me think about what I am putting in my body. I am really trying to buy more organic foods. I live in an apartment and there is not a place for a garden or I would try growing my own veggies.

    I agree with you that the amount of stress that we are putting on ourselves over food is harmful. It’s crazy that we have to worry so much about food.

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