Farmers spread word that N.J. tomatoes aren't tainted
New Jersey farmers want consumers to know the tainted tomatoes involved in the nation's latest food scare are not coming from the Garden State.
Farmer Bob Von Tune says New Jersey tomatoes are actually still in the field and not on the market yet. Von Tune's family has been farming 95 acres of land in Monmouth Junction.
According to Von Tune, Jersey Fresh tomatoes should be harvested by mid-July. He also says tomatoes from South Jersey will be ripe soon. Von Tune expects those fruits to be on the market by the end of June.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning against three types of raw tomatoes. Those tomatoes have sickened more than 200 people in 23 states since April.
The FDA has not cleared imports of tomatoes from Mexico, which supplies approximately 80 percent of the nation's supply.