FDA confirms Hawaii tomatoes not associated with salmonella outbreak

HONOLULU (KHNL) - The Food and Drug Administration has confirmed that Hawaii-grown tomatoes were not involved in the salmonella outbreak on the mainland.

Sandra Lee Kunimoto, Chairperson of the Hawaii Board of Agriculture, says locally grown tomatoes are safe to eat.

"We understand that some local tomato growers have lost sales due to the adivsory on the mainland, which is not warranted because Hawaii tomatoes have not been implicated," said Kunimoto.

Last week, FDA issued a warning on the mainland about cases of salmonella traced to the consumption of certain types of raw red tomatoes.