Due to the recent tomato recall many restaurants pulled tomatoes from the menu as a precautionary measure. Tomatoes, from an unknown source, have been contaminated with a rare strain of salmonella. Hundreds of people have become ill from eating raw tomatoes.
The Ritz in downtown Colorado Springs never had to take Roma tomatoes off of its menu because its produce was considered safe. Bek says The Ritz gets its tomatoes from a local grower who uses safe, F.D.A. approved methods to water crops.
“We’re really diligent about where we get our produce from and our meats and everything and we inspect everything and make sure that it’s top quality before we even accept it.”
The FDA has cleared tomatoes grown in several states and declared them safe. Tomatoes grown in Colorado are on the safe list. Chipotle, Subway, and the Pita Pit are all serving tomatoes again after switching to grower’s from safe areas.
Salmonella causes a sickness that includes diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. There have been several hospitalizations from the outbreak.