WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health officials say they're "getting very close" to tracing the source of salmonella-tainted tomatoes.
The outbreak has sickened 167 people in 17 states since April. And state and local health departments are still investigating whether there are more cases.
The FDA has been warning consumers against eating raw red plum, red Roma or round tomatoes. Tomatoes from more than 30 states or countries have been deemed safe.
But some are balking at FDA recommendations. State agriculture commissioners from the Southeast are criticizing the agency, saying it should work to pinpoint the sources without "unnecessarily harming producers whose products are not affected by the outbreak."
The FDA says it has gone "overboard to try to inform consumers which tomatoes were not part of this outbreak."
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