Latest analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that the number of illnesses linked to salmonella-tainted tomatoes jumped to 228.

Sixty-one new cases of Salmonella Saintpaul infection have been found in six new countries - Florida, Georgia, Missouri, New York, Tennessee and Vermont. Infections have now been traced in 23 states since mid-April.
Some of the restaurants and grocery stores even removed tomatoes from their inventories after receiving the reports of the Salmonella outbreak surfaced. Salmonella infections can cause serious and even fatal injuries, especially in children, the elderly and people with weak immune systems.

At least 23 cases of infections required hospitalization but the origin of the outbreak has not been determined yet. The FDA has warned against raw red plum, red round and red Roma tomatoes from geographic areas it does not oversee. They have compiled a list of areas not associated with the current outbreak though.

Eating the reported victuals; raw red plum, raw red Roma or raw red round tomatoes is safe if they came from one of the following 27 states - one of 19 counties in Florida, or from Belgium, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Israel, the Netherlands or Puerto Rico.

The safe states are Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. In Florida, tomatoes from Jackson, Gadsden, Leon, Jefferson, Madison, Suwannee, Hamilton, Hillsborough, Polk, Manatee, Hardee, DeSoto, Sarasota, Highlands, Pasco, Sumter, Citrus, Hernando or Charlotte counties are safe if they come with a certificate from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes and tomatoes with the vine still attached have not been associated with illnesses, the FDA reported.