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Minnesota-produced tomatoes given the green light

Tomatoes grown and harvested in Minnesota are now considered safe to eat, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Minnesota was added Tuesday to a growing list of states that are not associated with the salmonella outbreak that is causing a nationwide scare.

Supermarkets and restaurants across the country have been yanking tomatoes from their shelves and menus as a precaution against salmonella poisoning.

Hornbacher's Foods pulled all their large tomatoes from their shelves Monday as a precaution, including tomatoes grown in a greenhouse from a local producer from Detroit Lakes.

Hornbacher's Foods put tomatoes grown in Minnesota up for sale again today, said Rory Skramstad, assistant produce manager.

"We are still waiting to hear back from SuperValu whether to put the other tomatoes back on the shelves," Skramstad said. "We're just on hold right now until we find out."

The FDA linked three types of tomatoes - raw red plum, red Roma and round red - to an outbreak of salmonellosis outbreak that has infected 145 people, hospitalizing at least 23 people in 16 states.

Other states not associated with the outbreak include Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.

Countries including Belgium, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Israel, the Netherlands and Puerto Rico have also been cleared by the FDA.