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Restaurants Pulling Tomatoes off Menu after Salmonella Outbreak.

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - A national salmonella outbreak is now effecting food in Washington forcing some local restaurants to pull tomatoes from the menu.

McDonalds on Kennewick Avenue and 395 as well as Taco Bell,  Jack in the Box  and a number of other restaurants have all stopped serving tomatoes.

U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention representatives say people in 16 different states including Washington and Idaho have been sickened by the same strain of salmonella.  Over 40 cases in New Mexico alone.  Tomatoes are suspected to be the common cause, making the fruit off limits in some places. 

Health officials haven't been able to pinpoint the source of the tainted tomatoes. 

It's recommended to wash or boil the fruit before eating them.  Symptoms of salmonella include a fever, diarrhea and abdominal pains 12 to 72 hours after being infected.  The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days.

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