Thursday, June 12, 2008

Don't say the M word...

...a new game they are playing over at the FDA

Fact #1:
From the official FDA website, the following states and countries have been ruled out in the tainted tomato scare. These areas are NOT the source of the outbreak:
Alabama-Arkansas -California -Colorado-Delaware-Florida (counties of: Jackson, Gadsden, Leon, Jefferson, Madison, Suwannee, Hamilton, Hillsborough, Polk, Manatee, Hardee, DeSoto, Sarasota, Highlands, Pasco, Sumter, Citrus, Hernando, Charlotte)*-Georgia- Hawaii-Louisiana-Maine-Maryland-Massachusetts-Minnesota-Mississippi-New Jersey -New York -Nebraska -North Carolina- Ohio-Pennsylvania-South Carolina- Tennessee -Texas-Utah-Virginia-Washington-West Virginia- Wisconsin-Belgium -Canada -Dominican Republic -Guatemala -Israel -Netherlands -Puerto Rico
Source: FDA 6/11/08

Fact #2:
Mexico sends 80% of its tomatoes to the United States

Fact #3:
35% of our winter tomatoes come from Mexico

Fact #4:
It’s a buyers’ market for tomatoes in Mexico right now. They have diverted their US-bound crop to the domestic Mexican market and they are getting really nice tomatoes at about 30% off normal prices, like 35 cents a pound! But down there they are used to washing their produce in bleach anyway.

Myth #1:
The FDA, under the direction of President Bush, is vigorously investigating the source of the outbreak and will issue a full and candid report as soon as it is available.

Fact #5: The New Mexico Department of Health has already reported that the tainted tomatoes in 62 salmonella cases came from Mexico. Bush ought to give them a call.

Fact #6:
The Mexican Government calls the allegations “pure speculation” and has their excuses lined up already. The Mexican Embassy (Ricardo Alday) has already said, “Even if it were to be determined that Mexican produce (is) the origin of any of these cases, the FDA has to determine if the problem came from the raw product itself or was acquired during the transportation, distribution, storage or cooking processes.”

Enjoy your BL sandwich.

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