WASHINGTON -- From pizzerias to truck stops to gentle country inns, restaurateurs around Maryland are making their opinions known about a proposed Food and Drug Administration rule that would require reconstituted tomatoes to be labeled as such.
"I feel real strongly that [tomatoes] should be truthfully labeled -- you've got to know what you're buying," said Paul LaRuffa, who owns and runs Margellina's Italian Restaurant in Clinton, in Prince George's County, with his wife and son.
Mr. LaRuffa is one of more than 4,000 consumers who have written to the FDA requesting the labeling requirement.
"It's the same as the difference between fresh orange juice and orange juice from concentrate," Mr. LaRuffa said. "It tastes different -- it's just completely different."