Tuesday, July 1, 2008

They Haven't a Clue

After all the scare over tomatoes they now say they don't think that was the source of the salmonella. Or is it that they could not find out where the tomatoes came from?

Their guess at the moment is a local favorite salad called Pico de Gallo or rooster beak salad. It contains tomatoes, onions, jalapeno peppers, and cilantro. The ingredients are finally chopped and mixed together. How can they tell which of these ingredients is the carrier of the disease?

Certainly if it was the onions there would be a lot more illness sweeping the country. They think it is not the tomatoes only because people are not eating them and yet the spread of the salmonella continues. So cilantro? Or jalapenos? And if they could find which could then then find the source of the contagion? Somehow I doubt it.

The Federal Food and Drug Administration hasn't a clue. And one of the reasons is the lack of labeling of country of origin. And NAFTA. It is time to call a halt on free and open borders. It is time to label all products and enforce the labeling and inspections of products at our ports. It is time for all American citizens to be safe. And buy American products. Oh, but if we only could. But all our manufacturing companies have moved overseas. And food products from Mexico and Canada are not clearly labeled or monitored. We should be outraged. We should be marching in the streets.

On the upcoming 4th of July we should renew our pride in America and American products. Buy nothing this week from any other country. Then maybe we can get their attention and they will start doing their duty.