TOMATOES….Say what you will about the MSM, but they still have their uses. Today the LA Times solves the mystery of why tomatoes suddenly disappeared from my local supermarket over the weekend:

Restaurants, fast-food chains and supermarkets across Southern California removed fresh red Roma, plum and red round tomatoes from their shelves and took them off their menus this weekend as the U.S. government warned of a widening outbreak of salmonella….Consumers may continue to eat cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, tomatoes sold with the vine still attached and tomatoes grown at home, the FDA statement said.

On the other hand, I suppose I could have just asked the produce guy, who was busily putting out tomatoes with the vine still attached, and he would have told me what was going on too. It just didn’t occur to me.

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