ARE YOU GONNA EAT THAT? TOMATO SURPRISE UPDATE
TWELVE WEEKS LATER, FDA STILL DOESN'T KNOW WHAT'S POISONING AMERICANS
THEY'RE NOT EVEN SURE IT'S TOMATOES
"Attack of the Killer Tomatoes"
OK, it's not funny any more. OK, maybe a little. BWAHAHHAHAHA!!!!!!
Could It Be . . . Bacon? . . . Or Lettuce?
Shit, maybe it's mayo. These assholes, entrusted with protecting our national food supply in the midst of a "War On Terror," haven't a fucking clue. THREE months of poisonings, no ideas.
Remember the Anthrax Scare? Never caught that guy, either. The G just had to pay one of their own former employees $5.825 million for wrongly, not outright accusing, or officially charging, just harassing him and leaking to the media that he MIGHT be the Anthrax Guy, which he wasn't. Good at PR? Nah. Kinda TERRIBLE at it, eh? Not much bloody good at anything, these Republicans.
The "Tomato Industry" . . . (Sigh. Remember Iron and Steel and Electronics and REAL industries?) . . . who are responsible for mixing up tomatoes from all over the nation and the world without keeping track of which came from where, making it impossible to trace contaminations . . . are freaking out over the millions and millions of dollars they are losing due to the Guv's slow and uncertain "progress." They know that, as in the Great Spinach Poisoning Scare of last year, and the cantalopes before that, and the canned orangutan soup before that, many veggie-lovers will never eat their stuff ever again. And that number is growing each day that this mystery remains unsolved.
Think they'll sue if the FDA decides it was B or L instead of T? Ah, it's only money. Your money. And your health.
Nice to think, as you sit down to a good healthy salad, that there might be actual shit, crap, doo-doo, number 2, feces, poo-poo, dung, poop or manure mixed in there, eh? Oh, well, the hamburgers are poison now, too. Great time to be dieting, if you can find anything to eat that isn't fattening. Or poison. I'm not hungry any more. Want my BLT-Burger? Uuuuurrrralphphph!!!!
"U.S.ScapeGoat Stephen Hatfill Gets $5.8 Million Anthrax Settlement"
Oh, and the real Anthrax Guy is still out there. Bet he's pissed. Never made a dime.
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
"Tomato 'repacking' vexes salmonella trackers"
FDA unfamiliar with food industry.
" A widespread practice of mixing tomatoes from different farms at produce distribution centers has made it impossible so far to trace the source of a nationwide salmonella outbreak that has sickened hundreds, federal regulators said Friday. Dr. David Acheson, an associate commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration, acknowledged that the extent of the practice, known as 'repacking,' was a surprise to agency investigators, and that it vastly complicates the process of tracing the path of tomatoes from farm to store. 'We are learning that this is a very common practice,' said Acheson. "Possibly 90 percent of tomatoes are repacked.' The agency has found, for example, that tomatoes from Mexico have been shipped to Florida, repacked and sold with tomatoes from Florida. Similarly, tomatoes from the United States are sent to Mexico, where they are repacked and shipped to the United States as a product of the United States. "
WALL STREET JOURNAL
"Anger Rises Over Salmonella Probe"
Regulators keeping open minds in empty heads.
" More than 11 weeks into a salmonella outbreak that has sickened hundreds across the U.S., government regulators still have little idea where the outbreak originated. That is causing rising anger among the farmers, distributors and others slammed by slumping sales of tomatoes, the outbreak's prime suspect. As consumers abstain from tomatoes or find alternatives, one growers association called over the weekend for Congress to investigate the Food and Drug Administration, the lead agency on the case. The National Restaurant Association, the industry's main trade group, says the outbreak has cost the food industry at least $100 million. And as some crops rot on the vine, the problem is threatening to reignite a long-simmering trade dispute between tomato growers in Florida and Mexico. The regulators said they can't pinpoint a region, or even a country, where the outbreak might have started. It might even be possible, they said, that tomatoes aren't to blame. Many victims ate tomatoes combined in dishes such as salsa and guacamole. 'We continue to keep an open mind about the possible source of this outbreak,' Patricia Griffin, the branch chief of enteric diseases epidemiology at the CDC, said on the Friday conference call. "
"U.S. Officials Stymied in Salmonella Search"
Jeez, what goes wit' tamatas? DON'T SAY IT!!! Wouldn't wanna smear any innocent veggies. Again.
" The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also announced it was expanding its investigation to include food items normally served with tomatoes. While tomatoes are still the leading suspected source of the bacterial infections in the two-month-old outbreak, officials said they can't rule out other food items associated with tomatoes. But, they declined to say what those other foods might be. 'It would be irresponsible of us at this point to say where we are expanding the testing," said Dr. David Acheson, the FDA's associate commissioner for food protection. "I'm not prepared to discuss what those items might be.' 'The tomato trail is not getting cold, rather other items are getting hotter," he added. "
Nationwide Hamburger Recall For The Fourth Of July
Too many to list, Yankee Doodle Dandy's! The era of Big Gummint is over! Eat shit, it's on the Republicans!
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