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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

I YAM WHAT I YAM


A co-worker's daughter refused to eat the spinach, from a frozen package, her mother served for dinner.

Grocery stores whisked fresh spinach off shelves faster than Popeye could save Olive Oil from the clutches of Bluto.

Are we over-reacting to the spinach scare? Could terrorists be poisoning our food? Are migrant workers getting back at us for cracking down on illegal immigration? Will we be "strong to the finich" cause we eats our spinach?

P.S. Today's photo is one taken from an e-mail I was sent. I have no clue whose idea it was to put in the frog.

14 Comments:

Blogger Jane M. said...

I am not worried. The grocery stores have removed the raw spinach items from the shelves. If the spinach is cooked at a high enough temperature, it shouldn't be a health issue.

What bugs me, is the media hype surrounding the issue. I remember the apple juice scare about 20 yrs. ago. It nearly crippled the industry. No business is going to risk making their customers ill. The industry will research the problem and the product that returns to your grocery shelves will be safer than it was before.

Tue Sep 26, 04:50:00 PM  
Anonymous mikey said...

I wonder how I survived to my advanced age. Growing up I ate potato salad that had been on a table outside for hours, fresh killed chickens,fresh milk and greens galore! What the heck was cross-contamination? Cuts,scrapes and scratches with no antibiotics or tetanus shots. Geez, I even drank well water. I think it's much ado about nothing hyped to the max by the media. Pass the spinach please!

Tue Sep 26, 05:17:00 PM  
Anonymous another reader said...

pass the frog...I will put him in my pond out back. The fish will adopt him!

Tue Sep 26, 05:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Norm said...

In good French restaurants they serve frogs legs with spinach. Try it sometime. It may even obviate the need for your taking those purple pills. Of course, it may leave your face purple.

Tue Sep 26, 05:22:00 PM  
Blogger Tom from Brick said...

I wasn't impacted much by the spinach recall. I much prefer kelp (aka seaweed). Nonetheless, I think we need to be alert to, and heed, potential health risks. Look at it this way, whether we did of clogged arteries by eating too many Big Macs or Salmonella from Spinach, we're going to die from something. By the way, nobody put the frog in the spinach package - it hatched from a polywog that came from the water used to rinse the spinach. Neat, huh?

Tue Sep 26, 08:56:00 PM  
Anonymous proofreader said...

I think irate illegal immigrants used the spinach to wipe themselves in the fields - I'm joking! I just tossed my salad...in the trash!

Tue Sep 26, 10:01:00 PM  
Anonymous junkfoodjunky said...

Spinach is gross anyway. Now if there was E. Coli in Snickers bars we would all be dead. Hey terrorists, contaminate Twinkies and Coke. America would be crippled beyond belief!

Wed Sep 27, 12:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Barbara B. said...

I dont think someone is poisoning our spinach. Popeye wouldn't allow that. I just think there are a lot of careless people in our everyday lives. I feel that many things done or not done today seems to be the norm. I don't like it. I don't like it, when I read a word misspelled in our local paper, or on TV, or even in a novel by a noted author. I think, how are our children, or in my case, grandchildren, to learn proper grammar or this language that most of us have spoken all our lives if no one corrects these mistakes? We have spellcheck. Doesnt anyone use it? It is all so sad and I wish we could do something about it.

Wed Sep 27, 09:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Mike Barry said...

Try the spinach and feta omelet at the Sunset Landing in Asbury Park and you'll never be afraid of spinach again.

Wed Sep 27, 09:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My husband has not eaten spinach for 10 years since he is on a dialysis diet. He does not miss it. I do order spinach out in some form and was purchasing it from the salad bars.It could be that the growers and handlers are not adhering to sanitary laws. They do not understand them or they are not properly supervised. Remember when we visit Mexico, we are advised not to drink the tap water. and not to buy food from vendors. Maybe" Montazuma's "-(spelling?)"Montezuma's revenge "is coming to the US.Guess we have to be more careful what we eat and wash all vegetables and fruit.

Wed Sep 27, 09:52:00 AM  
Anonymous AM said...

I must be courageous as I just purchased frozen spinach yesterday. Maybe the COLD will kill any GERMS!!!

Wed Sep 27, 10:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is all the media's hysterical "scare du jour"...I am sure over 100 people die of e coli related illness somewhere from something in our country at least every day/week...we're all turning into a nation of "scaredy-cats" ..or if being politically-correct...fright-challenged felines!

Wed Sep 27, 01:51:00 PM  
Anonymous dmc said...

I wouldnt eat spinach for a while. Than again what vegetables can be trusted. I am glad I am not a vegetarian!

Wed Sep 27, 04:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is that why Popeye swabs the "poop deck"? good thing olive oyl doesn't have e coli!

Wed Sep 27, 05:32:00 PM  

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