After months of probable false leads and demonstration of embarrassing ineptitude, the Bush FDA may have finally come to a helpful conclusion regarding the origin of a salmonella outbreak that has harmed more citizens within the borders of the United States than, say, the large number of Islamic terrorist attacks that have not happened over the last several years but that we’ve spent a zillion dollars to deal with.

“We have a smoking gun, it appears,” said Dr. Lonnie King who directs the center for foodborne illnesses at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Acheson said the farm is in Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Previously, the FDA had traced a contaminated jalapeno pepper to a farm in another part of Mexico.

Acheson and other officials were grilled at a congressional hearing about why the investigation originally focused on tomatoes.

The officials insisted that tomatoes still cannot be ruled out and that it is quite possible that the outbreak was caused by several different kinds of contaminated produce.



  1. #1 Stephanie Z
    July 30, 2008

    “Relax. We now know what happened. Of course, it could have been something else.”

  2. #2 Ben Zvan
    July 31, 2008

    Just another example of Tomato prejudice. Next thing you know, people will be calling them “death apples”.

  3. #3 Greg Laden
    July 31, 2008

    Well, a close relative of the Tomato is the Deadly Nightshade…