| Boycott Watch was the only site to
report that the CDC created a salmonella scare without any evidence of the
source, and that the number of people infected was a statistical anomaly. In 11
weeks, 851 out of the more than 300 million people in the U.S. have been
diagnosed with the illness based on a specific strain, meaning one out of every
352 thousand people got diarrhea. This is a statistical anomaly, not an
At the onset of the scare, news reports
indicated that the one person is claimed to have died from tomatoes tainted
with salmonella, but that claim was made by the wife of a deceased cancer
patient, not by medical professionals. The CDC scare has resulted in consumers
creating a de facto boycott based on inconclusive information. Meanwhile, the
Wall Street Journal today reported that losses for the food industry have
topped $100 Million. The losses are mainly confined to growers and distributors
who have watched their crops rot in the field and warehouses while the CDC has
gone on an international snipe-hunt to find the source of salmonella to justify
their closing of a major U.S. industry.
consumer standpoint, people are not going to supermarkets with lists printed
off their computer to figure out which tomatoes they should buy or not buy.
Despite the fact that supermarkets are keeping suspicious tomato varieties off
shelves, consumer demand is down. As a result, some supermarkets have reduced
the space they allocated for tomatoes to concentrate consumers at the tomatoes
being offered in order to create the appearance of demand.
In fact, the CDC scare now has some people thinking
they can not eat tomatoes they grew in their own home garden.
Fresh tomatoes, as the alleged source of salmonella
source, have not been traced to any one supermarket, grower or even geographic
area, thus raising questions about CDC decision making. Boycott Watch believes
the CDC jumped to conclusions strictly to avoid criticism in case there was a
real problem, but the CDC ended up with nothing. Now that the CDC realizes the
emperor has no clothes, but instead of backtracking, they are telling people
the so-called outbreak may be from other foods and consumers should beware, but
won't say which foods. The CDC is crying wolf.
Robert Tauxe of the CDC appeared on Your World with Neil Cavuto Tuesday, were
he was interviewed by guest host Alexis Glick. In the interview, Dr. Tauxe said
the CDC is broadening their investigation to foods "commonly eaten with
tomatoes", but refused to specify which foods they are looking into. The
secrecy is undoubtedly because the CDC has been criticized heavily by the
tomato industry for effectively putting them out of business with no evidence.
The CDC normally does great work. Still, they still
have no clue as to the source of the strain of salmonella after eleven weeks.
Now they are looking for another possible source, but they may have wasted lots
of time looking at tomatoes when vegetables are not a common source of