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United Fresh said yesterday that the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDH) has issued an alert linking a recent Salmonella outbreak in the state to uncooked tomatoes, and recommended that individuals and restaurants that bought tomatoes from the Wal-Mart in Las Cruces or Farmington, the Lowe's in Las Cruces, or the Bashas' in Crownpoint since May 3 should not eat them uncooked.

"We have determined that eating uncooked tomatoes is the likely source of this outbreak, and we hope to provide more specific information about the type of tomatoes as the investigation proceeds," said New Mexico Health Secretary Dr. Alfredo Vigil. NMDH has reported 31 illnesses and no deaths related to this outbreak.
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