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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

June 28, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The number of people who have been sickened by tainted tomatoes in the U.S. continues to grow.

The Center for Disease Control now says that 810 people in 36 states have been sickened from the rare Saintpaul strain of Salmonella. 36 of those cases are here in Georgia.

Revenue from tomato sales took a big hit because of this Salmonella scare, but a local produce-stand owner says it has been some what of a blessing.

"Since the scare, initially sales started out a little shaky. But when they found out that Georgia tomatoes are good; we really didn't have a problem. I actually think it helped a little bit because it drove people out to make sure they're getting a good source of tomatoes, which ours are. They are basically home grown from Mitchell county," said Bruce Young.

Tomatoes are grown in all 50 states and are commercially produced in 20.

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