12/17/2008 - First it was a freeze last January, then a salmonella outbreak during the summer.
It's been a tough year for tomato growers in Florida, the nation's largest supplier of fresh tomatoes.
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Last month, the Produce Safety Project, an initiative of the nonpartisan Pew Charitable Trusts at Georgetown University, issued a report blaming a lack of coordination and communication between government agencies over the handling of the salmonella outbreak.
It may have unfairly kept the focus on tomatoes and caused unnecessary economic harm to the industry, the report said.
The media and consumer public also were never told that tomatoes from supermarkets were not believed to be a problem and the warning on tomato consumption wasn't lifted until July 17, according to the report.
Read the full article Tomato Tour Hits Kendall to Re-Cultivate Trust on the Miami Herald's Web site.
Pew is no longer active in this line of work, but for more information visit the Produce Safety Project's Web site, or visit the Produce Safety Project on PewHealth.org.