Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Don't Touch That Salsa!

Nowadays, even tomatoes aren't safe.

As if record-high gas prices, a tumbling economy and a weak job market wasn't enough, now you can't even eat a plate of spaghetti without getting sick.

Major news outlets are reporting that a salmonella outbreak is prompting grocery stores and restaurants to pull tomatoes off shelves and menus.

At least 145 people have gotten sick across the country.

Round, Roma and Plum tomatoes are the varieties in question, three of the most popular kinds of tomatoes.

McDonald's has pulled tomatoes from their menu (like you could taste it through all the grease and special sauce anyways), and most other restaurants have taken tomatoes and tomato-based items (salsa, pasta sauce) off the menu until they find out where the killer tomatoes are coming from.

If you want tomatoes in the next week or so, your best bet would be to find a local farmer's market, which would probably be cheaper and fresher than your local grocery store anyways.

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