updated 6/11/2008 9:23:14 AM ET 2008-06-11T13:23:14

Restaurants and grocery stores across the U.S. have halted sales of some raw tomatoes because of a multistate salmonella outbreak.

According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 40,000 people are sickened by salmonella each year in the U.S. The CDC estimates that about 400 people die each year with acute salmonellosis, the infection caused by the salmonella bacteria.

Some recent cases of salmonella outbreaks:

  • April 2008: The Food and Drug Administration says at least 23 people in 14 states are sickened by the same strain of salmonella found in two breakfast cereals recalled by Malt-O-Meal.
  • March 2008: More than 400 reported cases of salmonella are linked to contaminated tap water in the Colorado town of Alamosa. Eighteen people had to be hospitalized, and one person died.
  • March 2008: Dozens of cases of salmonella in 16 U.S. states, including at least 14 that resulted in hospitalization, sparked the recall of imported cantaloupes. The FDA blocks imports of cantaloupes from Honduras-based Agropecuaria Montelibano.
  • February 2008: Two California companies recall alfalfa sprouts sold across the West after tests detected salmonella. No illnesses were reported.
  • October 2007: ConAgra Foods Inc. recalls its frozen Banquet pot pies after they were linked to at least 272 cases of salmonella in 35 states.
  • June 2007: At least 60 people, mostly toddlers, become ill and at least five are hospitalized after eating a snack food called Veggie Booty that contain a strain of salmonella. Robert’s American Gourmet Inc. recalls the product.
  • February 2007: ConAgra recalls its Peter Pan brand peanut butter, which was eventually linked to at least 625 salmonella cases in 47 states.

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