CAMDEN, N.J., June 12, 2008 — Campbell Soup Company remains committed to ensuring that our products always meet all food safety requirements. Due to recent reports of salmonella resulting from the consumption of fresh tomatoes in Southern states, we recognize that some consumers are concerned about the safety of food products. To date, no transmission of salmonella from cooked tomatoes has been reported.
There is currently no evidence of transmission of the salmonella through consumption of processed foods containing tomatoes because normal cooking temperatures, such as those used in preparing Campbell products, will inactivate the bacteria. This is why the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers fully cooked tomato products to be safe.
Campbell will continue to comply with all requirements and guidelines regarding sourcing and trade of material set by the appropriate governing authorities in order to ensure that our products meet all food safety and quality standards.