Well blow me down! Spinach is suddenly vegetable non grata in the US. What once was a symbol of strength in the diet has become the source for a strong case of E. coli.
Can it really all be over for me and spinach manicotti, spanakopita and Quiche Florentine? I mean, I really eats me some spinach! Ug-ug-ug.
If we stop eating spinach, don’t the terrorists win or something?
A couple of years ago some people died and hundreds were sickened after contracting hepatitis A from scallions at a Chi-Chi’s Mexican restaurant. All of the sudden, green onions disappeared from menus everywhere. Even the few little pieces they put on your rice at Taco Bell vanished.
Turns out the reason for that outbreak was that the Mexican farms on which the onions were being grown were using Mexican (don’t drink the) shit-water to water them. Mmm-mmm.
The tainted spinach in question actually comes from California, so maybe some illegal migrant workers have been crapping on spinach plants to seek revenge on los gringos Americanos for our increasingly stringent immigration policies. ¡Coméis mierda, gringos!
Once the E. coli problem is addressed (i.e. the appropriate illegals have been executed), like scallions, spinach will slowly begin to creep its way back onto our plates. Not literally, of course. They haven't discovered that food-borne disease... yet.