The overreaction continues:
McDonald's Corp, the world's biggest restaurant chain, has pulled raw sliced tomatoes from its sandwiches and has no immediate plans to bring them back.
There goes my Big N' Tasty. Never mind that only a few types of tomatoes from a few areas are suspect; let's just get rid of all of them of all types from every state in the union from all restaurants and supermarkets.
Oh, well, natural fear reaction, I suppose.
There are two great fresh-vegetable culinary experiences -- corn that is thrown into a pot of boiling water immediately on being picked, and a tomato that is yanked from the vine and immediately bitten into. Thanks to my rural upbringing and my occasional attempts at backyard gardening, I've been able to experience both. The boiling water pretty much took care of any possible contamination of the corn. Thank God I never had any cows wandering through my tomato patches.