Tomatoes produced by Lipman Family Farms have been linked to the Chipotle Salmonella outbreak that broke out in Minnesota last year. Investigators from local, state, and federal levels were able to trace the tomatoes all the way to the farm where they were grown. Sixty-four people have been sickened in Minnesota since the outbreak began in August 2015. Cases of Salmonella poisoning have been linked to 22 Chipotle locations across Minnesota. People who were sickened ate at these locations between August 16 and August 28, 2015. Nine people had to be hospitalized because of their illness.
Salmonella poisoning is one of the most common forms of foodborne illness in America. It occurs when someone consumes contaminated food or water. Symptoms of the illness will appear between 12 and 72 hours after infection, and will include abdominal cramping, fever, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. In many cases, someone infected with Salmonella will recover within a week and without medical attention. However, in those with certain risk factors, such as the elderly, children, and those with suppressed immune systems, the illness may linger or worsen, making medical attention necessary. If you or a loved one begins to show the symptoms of Salmonella poisoning contact a medical professional.