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Tuesday, December 12, 2006


Good news!

Your tacos are safe ... for now.

Taco Bell released a statement yesterday saying it changed its produce supplier as a precautionary measure after dozens of people in the Northeast who ate foods there containing green onions fell ill with E. coli poisoning.

Independent laboratory test results of more than 300 samples of all the ingredients served in Taco Bell restaurants, which serve more than 35 million consumers each week, concluded that no ingredient contained the E. coli bacteria.

The FDA and CDC also stated this outbreak was limited to four states only, and that no person has become sick since Dec. 2.

I'm still not convinced that these recent E. coli incidents cropping up aren't acts of terrorism. Could someone be paying illegal immigrants to poop in our produce?

Oh what the heck, Tex-Mex it up.

We all gotta go (no pun intended) one way or another.


Anonymous dmc said...

Cute pictures...I almost never eat at Taco Bell, but on Tuesday, Nov. 28 I had a Dr.'s appt. that I went to on my lunch from work. And yes I stopped at the Taco Bell on Rt. 9 in Howell. I didnt feel ill at all. I wonder also about the terrorist, we have never seen so many incidences as we have this year. Those dogs are too cute!!!

Tue Dec 12, 12:01:00 PM  
Anonymous proofreader said...

Who says you'd need to pay them to poop in the fields? I say as an act of American patriotism and faith this holiday season, we show those terrorists who's boss by purchasing Taco Bell gift certificates for all our colleagues and loved ones...stocking stuffers anyone?

Tue Dec 12, 12:20:00 PM  
Anonymous doris said...

Where did the onions come from? 60 minutes had a segment a few years back about food grown in Mexico being unsafe due to being irrigated with water contaminated with bacteria.

Tue Dec 12, 01:02:00 PM  
Blogger Judith said...

All kidding aside, I do think this is another one of those ideas the bad guys just might adopt as a tactic.

Tue Dec 12, 01:18:00 PM  
Blogger Diana Fasanella said...

FYI, onions were from California and distributed across the country by two companies - Ready Pac, based in California and McLane Co. based in Texas.

Tue Dec 12, 01:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the workers handling the crops are not practicing sanitary procedures be it hand washing or whatever.
Our Florida church last year recommended we boycott Taco Bell because they were not giving the tomato farm workers a decent wage. WE sent out postcards to the politicians etc. It worked .My family still does not go to a Taco Bell wherever it is.

Tue Dec 12, 04:45:00 PM  
Anonymous barry said...

I don't think this is a terrorist event ( but they might be stupid enough to try).
First , the ship born illness is being attributed to the Noro Visus, not the E-Coli that showed up in the spinach, or the Taco's.
If there was terror involved, the Feds might even cover it up to avoid panic, and of course, the monetary damage of wasted crops. I have heard that there is little or no monitoring of crops by the FDA.
I think a terror group would focus on much deadlier bugs, such as Ebola, or Anthrax. Now That would get my attention!

Wed Dec 13, 08:28:00 AM  
Anonymous mike said...

I prefer to express my thoughts honestly, leaving political correctness by the wayside. Field farming and cruise ships have a very common factor: migrant workers.
I have read and heard horror stories about their hygiene (or the lack thereof) practices, especially out in the fields. Could there be a connection? It wouldn't surprise me.

Wed Dec 13, 08:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Debbie said...

Your TACO dogs look sooooo cute! LOL Article good as usual.

Wed Dec 13, 08:31:00 AM  
Blogger margaret said...

There was something on Fox news yesterday afternoon saying saying it wqsn't the scallions at all; something else, like white onions...I don't eat at Taco Bell and don't plan to in the near future.

Wed Dec 13, 09:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Jane said...

Don't eat at fast food restaurants but I think it is a lack of cleanliness that causes the problems. People today don't seem to care about cleanliness at all judging from all the fast food papers that are distributed on our lawn daily. The Press lists restaurants found either satisfactory or unsatisfactory. If I see a restaurant listed as unsatisfactory I won't go there to eat.

Wed Dec 13, 11:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Paul said...

Last week I purchased a burger at Burger King for $1.58. The waiter
took my $2, and I was digging for my change when I pulled 8 cents from my pocket and gave it to him. He stood there, holding the
nickel and 3 pennies, while looking at the screen on his register. I sensed his discomfort and tried to tell him to just give me two quarters, but he hailed the manager for help. While the manager tried to explain the transaction to him, he stood there in frustration. Why do I tell you this? Because of the changes in teaching math since the 1950s:

1. Teaching Math In 1950:
logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production
is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit?
2. Teaching Math In 1960:
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of
production is 4/5 of the price, or $80. What is his profit?
3. Teaching Math In 1970:
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of
production is $80. Did he make a profit?
4. Teaching Math In 1980:
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of
production is $80 and his profit is $20. Your assignment:
Underline the number 20.
5. Teaching Math In 1990:
A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish and
inconsiderate and cares nothing for the habitat of animals or the
preservation of our woodlands. He does this so he can make a profit
of $20. What do you think of this way of making a living?
Topic for class participation after answering the question: How did the birds and squirrels feel as the logger cut down their homes?
There are no wrong answers.)
6. Teaching Math In 2006:
Un hachero vende una carretada de maderapara $100. El costo de la
producciones es $80. Cuanto dinero ha hecho?

Wed Dec 13, 11:12:00 AM  
Anonymous ticked off customer said...

A few years ago, at our local Taco Bell here in Florida, I was inside and witnessed a young man making my order, drop a soft taco on the floor, pick it up, place it on the wrapper, and proceeded to wrap it up! :0 I was stunned, and told him loudly so others could hear, "Hey! I saw that drop onto the floor and if you think I'm going to eat that, you're so mistaken!! Make another one please, and I'll be watching." Perhaps the store owners have insructed their help to not waste food so they can make more money? My opinion is the old "fifteen seconds" rule doesn't apply anywhere except at home. That's the rule if it's not on the floor more than fifteen seconds, you can still eat it. :)

Thu Dec 14, 09:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Hartster said...

I saw this on and thought of your post wondering if "Could someone be paying illegal immigrants to poop in our produce?":

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - The Virgin Mary. The three kings. A few wayward sheep. These are the figures one expects to find in a traditional Christmas nativity scene. Not a smartly dressed peasant squatting behind a rock with his rear-end exposed.

Yet statuettes of "El Caganer," or the great defecator in the Catalan language, can be found in nativity scenes, and increasingly on the mantelpieces of collectors, throughout Spain's northeastern Catalonia region, where for centuries symbols of defecation have played an important role in Christmas festivities.

During the holiday season, pastry shops around Catalonia sell sweets shaped like feces, and on Christmas Eve Catalan children beat a hollow log, called the tio, packed with holiday gifts, singing a song that urges it to defecate presents out the other end.

These traditions, in the case of the caganer dating back as far as the 17th century, come from an agricultural society where defecation was associated with fertility and health.

While the traditional caganer is a red-capped peasant, more modern renditions have gained popularity in recent years.

Thu Dec 21, 08:07:00 PM  

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