SURPRISE, SURPRISE! IT AIN'T TOMATERS!! HYUK-HYUK!!!
THE STRAIGHT(?) POOP FROM THE FDA RUBES
AFTER THREE MONTHS OF POISONINGS NATIONWIDE, FEDS PIN IT ALL ON ONE SMALL TEXAS PEPPER-PACKER
Or, Maybe The Food & Drug Administration Doesn't Wash It's Own Hands After Using The Toilet
My own personal suspicion is that the outbreak could have been caused by incompetent Federal food inspectors. They are the only link between the many victims. They are the only person, place or thing common to poisonings in over thirty States. They are the only traceable factor over the entire period of three months.
The only way to verify this is to slaughter the entire herd of inspectors, and analyze their carcasses for contamination. It may seem cruel, but so is nature. We have an epidemic to stop here, before it kills another industry... and some Mexican-food-eaters (who, to be fair, have accepted a certain amount of risk in eating jalapenas in the first place). Taco Bell must be saved. Won't you help that poor little dog?
Wait. Maybe it was the dog! He is a known Communist!
"Tomatoes back on menu after 'not guilty' in salmonella outbreak"
' America's tomato industry has begun the process of recovering up to $200m (£100m) from the US government in lost revenues caused by the fruit being falsely blamed for a major salmonella outbreak. On Thursday, after seven weeks under investigation, tomatoes were cleared and the US watchdog, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), shifted suspicion to hot peppers and coriander. All three are ingredients in salsa. The bad news for American consumers is that after a near two-month investigation, the FDA still has no idea where, why or how the outbreak, which has stricken more than 1,200 people in more than 40 states, started. Indications that a Mexican processing plant might be to blame are being mentioned but there has been no confirmation. '
"FDA: Salmonella found in jalapeno"
' The latest discovery was made after federal authorities plucked a pepper from Agricola Zaragoza Inc., a three-employee McAllen produce packing company. Tomatoes initially were named as the suspect, and Acheson said they still haven't been totally absolved even though the FDA last week said consumers could again safely eat them. He also said it isn't yet clear whether tomatoes were also handled by Agricola Zaragoza. A woman who answered the company's phone said the general manager, who could discuss the FDA investigation, was not available. The company has recalled the jalapeno peppers it distributed after June 30 because of the discovery of salmonella. The company's small size left one food safety expert skeptical that it could be a sole source of the salmonella problem. "It would be something different if this were a big distribution place," said Michael Hansen, a senior scientist at Consumers Union. "But they only have three people there and $600,000 in estimated annual sales. So this can't be it." Still, having even one piece of the puzzle to work on is a breakthrough. The FDA and CDC have been pressured by an election-year Congress to solve the salmonella mystery, which Acheson characterized as one of the most complex contamination cases he has experienced. '
"Do you practice these guidelines to prevent salmonella infection?"
' Frequent hand washing is critical to prevent the spread of salmonella when preparing or serving food. Experts recommend the use of several different cutting boards so that raw meats and juices do not come in contact with vegetables or fruits during meal preparation. The cutting board or container used to hold raw meats should not be used again for cooked meats. If you marinate raw meats before cooking, never baste the meat with marinade it was soaked in. Wash all utensils and knives with hot, soapy water before moving to the next food item. Use disposable paper towels and disinfecting cleanser instead of a sponge for kitchen cleaning. Refrigerate or freeze cooked foods within an hour or two, and reheat leftovers to 165 degrees before eating. '.
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