Although linked to a multistate salmonella outbreak in 2005 and 2006, it's important to note that 70 percent of tomato-related tainted-food illnesses occurred in restaurant food. Salmonella can enter a tomato through the roots, the flowers, the stem scar, or small cracks in the fruit. It's hard to kill once it's inside. But that doesn't mean you should ditch eating raw tomatoes. Just buy locally grown, or grow them yourself, and in season, to shorten the distance from food to plate, which in turn lowers your risk of contamination. "Organic farm-system plans already have farmers thinking about formal separation from neighboring factory-farm manure storage, one source of contamination, and the source of most antibiotic-resistant strains of pathogenic bacteria," explains Bowman. "There is more incentive to have healthy farms producing healthy crops, with fewer attempts to kill bacteria post harvest through [chlorine] washes, fumigation, or irradiation."
Healthy Recipe: Whole Wheat Linguine with Creamy Tomato Pesto Sauce