Thursday, June 12, 2008

Good grief. What's next?

So now plastic shower curtains are toxic. WalMart must be watching linen shower curtains flying out the door. Sheesh.
This week's other hazardous substance is the lowly tomato. So a few people in the Excited States of America get sick -- from tomatoes, although the FDA still isn't sure how they became infected -- and the whole world panics. One-hundred-and-sixty-seven cases in a population of 300-million: I would say the odds of NOT getting sick are pretty good.
As a working member of the media, I share the blame for the panic these apparent news stories cause. We ramp 'em up and the viewer/reader/listener panics. Mission accomplished.
The fast-food industry goes tomato-free, and American tomato farmers scream at the FDA to clear their tomatoes, so they don't go broke.
I just had a tomato-free chicken breast Subway sub for lunch. The sandwich artist (artist? For slapping meat and veggies between a couple slices of bread?) told me that they'll have tomatoes back tomorrow.
Corporate types have been covering their collective fat ass by pulling tomatoes from their stores, afraid of someone beating the 167 in 300-million odds, contracting salmonella (I went to high school with an Italian goombah named Sal Monella), and suing them -- the litiginous that has crept across the border into Canada, much like the fearmongering Republicans claim the 9/11 terrorists crossed in the other direction.
Good grief. What next?

5 comments:

Ma Horton said...

I have a fabric shower curtain so I am safe in the tub and my tomatoes are on the vine ..still safe . However , I did hear that ingesting baby powder via the anal region can turn you into an ass . Is that true Bobbycakes ?

JB said...

I shudder to think how many perfectly edible tomoatoes were wasted in this latest frenzy, when I already have an idea of how many people who have no food to eat could have used them.
We have a news person - un-named here - who takes obvious great delight in passing on stories of panic, as in the shower curtain story today. I want to slap this person when I hear them practically drooling during their delivery. It sickens me to see that power abused in such a way.

Maria said...

What if I bring a bunch of tomatoes (that I purchased in Plattsburgh) and eat them while holding on to my vinyl shower curtain in the shower? Will that up my odds of getting ill? I like to live on the wild side...

Geeeeez...

What if the tomatoes are cooked? Does that reduce the odds of salmonella? I cut them in half, sprinkle them with a little sea salt, BBQ them and then pour a little olive oil over them and dip my pita bread. Try it its yummy...

Newsguy Bob said...

Yeah, Ma, but a very soft one.

XUP said...

These things wouldn't happen so much if we'd stop shippping stuff from the far reaches of the earth to stuff in our faces or hang in our bathrooms. Mass production at rock bottom costs leads to crap. Why anyone would even call those pale orangy things tomatoes, let alone want to eat them is beyond me anyway --in another month we'll have actual, deliciously juicy ruby red fruits bursting all over the market stalls