A rare strain of salmonella found in some tomatoes has prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to issue a nationwide warning, and that could make it difficult to find some kinds of tomatoes in Missouri grocery stores.

Nanci Gonder with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services says it’s not all tomatoes that are considered at risk, mainly the so-called round and roma tomatoes. Tomatoes on vines, cherry tomatoes, and grape tomatoes should be okay to consume. Tomatoes grown in a backyard should be alright, too, provided they are washed.

There are several cases of illness in Missouri that might be linked to tomato consumption.  Health officials are investigating to determine whether there is a link.

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