Diners who want a tomato on their sandwich can go to Delaware to find one.

Diners who want a tomato on their sandwich can go to Delaware to find one.

Delaware General Health District spokesman Jesse Carter said Delaware County has had no reports of salmonella poisoning.

The Columbus Public Health Department reported three cases in Columbus and Franklin County.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on June 18 said a total of 383 cases of tomato-related salmonella have been reported nationwide. The Food and Drug Administration said it has not identified the source of the salmonella outbreak.

All but one restaurant in Delaware are still serving tomatoes, but they are getting approval from their distributor first or checking boxes for seals of approval.

Jackie Ward, health district program manager, gives each restaurant information about salmonellosis and wants each restaurant to work with the supplier.

"Basically, we are providing them with an information sheet from the Ohio Department of Health. We are advising them to (work) with the supplier to find out where the tomatoes came from," Ward said.

Despite the availability of safe tomatoes, not everyone wants them.

Bun's restaurant owner Vasili Konstantinidis said many customers are well-informed about the outbreak and are afraid to eat them.

He said Bun's stopped serving tomatoes for a few days, and had some hydroponic tomatoes -- grown without soil -- in case a customer demanded them.

The tomatoes Bun's is serving now are from Florida and have a letter in each box verifying safety.

The Brown Jug chef Jennifer Hill said the restaurant went one day without tomatoes because the supplier wasn't able to obtain any.

After the restaurant ran out during lunch, they didn't have many problems with customers because people didn't want them and they still don't, she said.

Hill said the tomatoes they are serving now are Ohio grown and each box has a stamp verifying safety.

"We are lucky we have a supplier that tells us right away when something happens. We check the box immediately to find out where they came from," Hill said.

The Old Bag of Nails was without tomatoes last Wednesday.

Manager Rick McDonald apologized to customers. "Sorry for the inconvenience. We wait for the return of the tomato," McDonald said.

He said the restaurant will serve tomatoes again after it gets an all-clear from its supplier.

Without tomatoes, he said, the restaurant couldn't make salsa and quesadilla.

West End Grill manager Todd Scott hasn't thrown away any tomatoes because he receives them locally from Bank's Farm Market.

Many people haven't changed their orders and are still eating tomatoes, he said.

Amato's Woodfired Pizza ran out for a day, but the next day received more from its distributor, owner Craig Johnson said.

He said the restauant didn't have any customer problems.

Carter said people can protect themselves against salmonella by washing raw vegetables thoroughly and washing their hands after eating and restroom visits.