By Tom Karst, The Packer

If the evidence doesn’t fit, food safety officials should acquit tomatoes as a source of the Salmonella Saintpaul pathogen in the now-concluded massive foodborne illness outbreak, one industry leader asked U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials in College Park, Md., Sept. 11.

At the end of an 1 ½-hour meeting, Washington, D.C.-based United Fresh Produce Association President Tom Stenzel thanked FDA officials here for their willingness to meet with attendees of the Washington Public Policy Conference and answer questions about the salmonella outbreak traceback investigation and the agency’s oversight of produce safety issues.

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