McDonald's resumes tomato usage at its restaurants

HONOLULU (KHNL) - McDonald's Restaurants of Hawaii has resumed serving tomatoes in its sandwiches Monday.

The Food and Drug Administration expanded its warning that a salmonellosis outbreak has been linked to certain raw red tomatoes, but the State of Hawaii Department of Agriculture is confident that Hawaii-grown tomatoes are not the source of contamination.

"McDonald's Restaurants of Hawaii's tomatoes are locally grown," said Melanie Okazai, Regional Marketing Manager of McDonald's Restaurants of Hawaii.  "Hawaii-grown tomatoes are not allowed to be shipped to the U.S. Mainland."

McDonald's Restaurants of Hawaii has 84 restaurants in Hawaii, Guam and Saipan.