Heard and said: salmonella in tomatoes

Following the June 3 announcements by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration about the latest Salmonella outbreak related to tomatoes, at least two retailers, San Antonio-based H.E. Butt Grocery Co., and Cincinnati-based The Kroger Co. pulled round red and Roma tomatoes off the shelves in Texas locations.

The Houston Chronicle interviewed several shoppers.

Anthony Castillo, who was among shoppers at a Randalls at 3131 W. Holcombe, said,

"This kind of freaks me out. I think I’ll be going sans tomatoes for a while."

Shopper Rachell Cobb-Valion said,,

"They are always telling you to eat more fruits and vegetables, but you can get as much poisoning from them as when you eat meat."

Tomato lover Bobby Kimble said,

"It doesn’t bother me at all. Nothing ever bothers me. If it goes in my stomach, it’s gone."