July 31, 2008

Thanks for nothing, Todd Staples

Well, we have yet another issue where Todd Staples, our ertswhile Agriculture Commissioner has dropped the ball. In the Statesman today, the 'tomato' salmonella outbreak has been traced back to growers in Mexico that supplied (you had to see it coming) Texas companies with peppers that carried the disease.

The CDC and USDA are catching hell for it, but so far nothing has penetrated through to the Texas Dept. Of Agriculture which must share some of the blame. It's not like they didn't know about questionable irrigation and growing practices in Mexico... in 2006, Hank Gilbert, then Democratic candidate for Ag Commissioner talked about JUST THIS THING.

Of course, Staples was distracted with finally doing the part of his job with regard to gas pumps. After being in the office for 18 months. Maybe he'll do something about tainted, diseased produce sometime in 2010.

Way to fail Texans, Todd.

Posted by mcblogger at July 31, 2008 01:22 PM

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I think I am most irritated about having to not eat tomatoes for weeks. Effen people, I swear. What good is the department if no one is going to WORK on anything?

Posted by: Queen of the Universe [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 1, 2008 06:01 AM

Todd's working... only took him 18 months to figure out that the gas pumps weren't working right. He's also made some cities in East Texas retirement communities which should earn him a MOTO of the YEAR award.

Posted by: mcblogger [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 1, 2008 01:23 PM

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