Tomato growers seek compensation for 2008 FDA action

08/2/2013 | FoodSafetyNews.com

In a federal court suit, tomato growers from Florida, Georgia and South Carolina have asked for approximately $40 million in compensation for losses suffered in 2008 when the FDA mistakenly identified fresh tomatoes as a possible source of a salmonella outbreak. The growers argue that while the FDA action may have been lawful in an emergency situation, it amounted to a “taking,” much like appropriating land for a public purpose, such as a highway. Mexican-grown peppers were later found to be the actual cause of the outbreak.

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