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Consumers Can Purchase Majority of Tomato Varieties

Tuesday, June 10, 2008 General News J E 4
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SAN ANTONIO, June 9 Desert Glory who markets theNatureSweet brand, and is North America's largest grower of greenhousetomatoes, wants to let consumers know that more than 50% of all tomatoesbought in grocery stores in the US are not subject to the most recentJune 7, 2008 Salmonella alert issued by the US Food and Drug Administration(FDA).

According to the alert, FDA advised consumers nationwide to "limit theirtomato consumption to tomatoes that have not been implicated in the outbreak."The FDA specifically stated that cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes and tomatoessold with the vine still attached from any source have not been implicated inthe outbreak.

"All of our NatureSweet branded tomatoes are grown in a highly controlledgreenhouse environment which allows us to regulate all aspects of tomatoproduction and processing," said Bryant Ambelang, Desert Glory Chief MarketingOfficer. "There is significant availability of cherry, grape and on-the-vinetomatoes and consumers can safely enjoy the benefits of our best tastingtomatoes."

According to Ambelang, the company invests in controlled greenhouseoperations, private wells, continual testing procedures and 100% producttraceability to ensure food safety throughout the tomato's growth and harvest.For more information on the alert, company food safety news and the excludedvarieties please visit http://www.naturesweettomatoes.com orhttp://www.cfsan.fda.gov.

About Desert Glory

Desert Glory, LTD, based in San Antonio, Texas is the leading grower ofpremium small tomatoes in North America under the NatureSweet brand.Distributed throughout the U.S., at major grocers, club stores and foodserviceoperators, NatureSweet tomatoes deliver the best tasting tomatoes withyear-round availability. As the number one brand of vine-ripened cherrytomatoes in the U.S., NatureSweet's growing operations comprise nearly 1,000acres under greenhouse and proudly employs nearly 5000 associates.Media Contacts: Ivette Lopez (512) 495-7182 - office direct (512) 633-8832 - mobile Emily Ingle (512) 495-7152 - office direct (818) 321-6632 - mobile

SOURCE Desert Glory
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