So I'm in line at Subway in downtown Dallas to get a half sub before my meeting starts in 15 minutes, and what do I not see available for my sandwich? TOMATOES! I was horrified. Why on earth would Subway have no tomatoes to put on my sub? I wondered if it was a Texas thing. The kind non-English speaking worker couldn't tell me what the deal was, so I gathered my anemic sub and staggered out of the establishment feeling very anxious and afraid. What could have happened to the tomatoes? I wondered if there was a rapture of tomatoes? Perhaps, the Great Tribulation was upon us and God was rapturing his most prized fruit? Scenarios filled my worried mind, I just couldn't figure out what was going on.
Then, just an hour ago, I was checking out the salad bar at the hotel I am staying at, thinking healthy before Creecy and Nathan arrive, and what do I not see again? TOMATOES! What's up? I really was wondering if these Texas people are so backwards they have not yet discovered the most glorious of all God's fruits. Worse yet, do these people simply have horrible taste and somehow legislate that restaurants can't have tomatoes? I mean, I think I'm in a state where there are still laws on the book that permit shooting people if they even look at your property funny. Certainly outlawing tomatoes is in the realm of possibility here?
Very dejected and apprehensively, I took the elevator up to my room and got online to check the news. Finally, an answer-
(Associated Press) ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — McDonald's said it has stopped serving sliced tomatoes in its restaurants over concerns about Salmonella food poisoning linked to uncooked tomatoes.
Spokeswoman Danya Proud said the world's largest hamburger chain has stopped serving sliced tomatoes on all of its sandwiches in the United States as a precaution until the source of the salmonella is known.
A statement from Proud said McDonald's will continue to serve grape tomatoes in its salads because no problems have been linked to that variety.
Salmonella food poisoning first linked to uncooked tomatoes has spread to 16 states, federal health officials say.
Investigations by the Texas and New Mexico Departments of Health and the U.S. Indian Health Service have tied 56 cases in Texas and 55 in New Mexico to raw, uncooked, tomatoes.
"We're seeing a steady increase," Deborah Busemeyer, New Mexico Department of Health communications director, said Saturday.
An additional 50 people have been sickened by the same Salmonella "Saintpaul" infection in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
Phew! I'm very sorry for the folks who were poisoned, but man am I glad to find out all the tomatoes in Texas haven't been raptured. I was sore afraid that I had been left behind. Hopefully this colossal crisis can be resolved very soon.