(Aug. 20) Procacci Bros. Sales Corp., Philadelphia, and seven other tomato suppliers were dismissed from a civil lawsuit Aug. 16 resulting from salmonella outbreaks traced to fresh tomatoes.

County Judge Jolene Kopriva stated in her opinion on Max Christian Anslinger v. Coronet Foods Inc. & Sheetz Inc. that “it is impossible to track back and differentiate which particular supplier sold the one or many contaminated tomato(es),” according to a report in the Altoona Mirror.

The attorney for Procacci Bros. had argued for the dismissal in court July 31.

The Mirror also reported that Kopriva called for improved supply chain record keeping to increase consumer safety.

The suit was filed after consumers became ill from eating tainted tomatoes in July 2004. Coronet added its tomato suppliers to the suit, all of which were dismissed from the suit on Aug. 16.

Sheetz and Coronet remain as defendants. Their attorneys could appeal the dismissals.