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philosophie_en_rose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:37 AM
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Over 160 sickened after eating at OLIVE GARDEN
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16223079 /

INDIANAPOLIS - The Marion County Health Department says more than 160 people have claimed they became ill after eating at an Olive Garden restaurant in Indianapolis last weekend.

A health department spokesman says they're trying to isolate the cause and have found no health code violations at the restaurant on the city's north side. Health officials are collecting leftover food and stool samples from those who were stricken in an effort to pinpoint the source of the illness.

A spokesman for Olive Garden was not immediately available for comment.
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:41 AM
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1. At least we know they didn't OD on garlic n/t
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Starbucks Anarchist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:44 AM
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2. Or authenticity.
:hi:
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:53 AM
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10. True
Even your GF Rachael Ray would agree -- she's Sicilian-American.
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Starbucks Anarchist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:54 AM
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12. Hilarious irony regarding her -- check your PM in a few minutes.
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:55 AM
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17. Okay!
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bicentennial_baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 12:24 PM
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28. See my sig for RayRay's response:
:D
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johnnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:46 AM
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3. Psuedo - talianitis?
:shrug:
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philosophie_en_rose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:46 AM
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4. Hospital-iano
:rofl:
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:48 AM
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7. .




:D :thumbsup:
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:55 AM
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14. Doh! You beat me to it
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Hugin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:46 AM
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5. "officials are collecting leftover food and stool samples"
I absolutely refuse to post what I'm thinking here.
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MrCoffee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:51 AM
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8. i'm shameless...
without the labels, will they be able to tell the difference?
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Hugin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:55 AM
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15. !
:spank:
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:55 AM
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16. LOL
Edited on Fri Dec-15-06 11:55 AM by JVS
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JustABozoOnThisBus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 12:13 PM
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23. Leftover stool samples?
Left over from what?

Would you like a doggy bag?
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Jimbo S Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 01:59 PM
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32. Watching Borat again?
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:47 AM
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6. Wait a sec....


OK I'm ready.
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:53 AM
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9. You don't get more bland middle America than and that
and Olive Garden in Indianapolis.

'cept maybe the Cracker Barrel
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:54 AM
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13. But the CB revels in its bland "Middle America" image
I'll give them that.
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:54 AM
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11. HOSPITALiano! Yum!
Edited on Fri Dec-15-06 11:54 AM by JVS
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Lautremont Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:57 AM
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18. I think that headline is unfair to Olive Garden.
Their tally is way, way higher than 160.
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Elidor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:58 AM
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19. Leftover stool samples
There's some imagery for you. Gathering dust in a back room somewhere, next to the canned tomato paste, perhaps.

Insomnia has made me totally loopy.
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ContraBass Black Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:59 AM
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20. So, what do you people think of Carraba's?
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 12:10 PM
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21. carraba's is above reproach
Especially their restaurant called 'Piattos' by the Galleria (Houston)
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ContraBass Black Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 12:16 PM
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24. If memory serves, the first Norovirus outbreak in the US
Was at Carraba's.
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 12:22 PM
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27. I wasn't there, and their food is delicious.
So I guess I don't care. :)
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 12:13 PM
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22. must have been the soup bar
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peekaloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 12:18 PM
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25. Damn you never ending soup and pasta bowels!
:dunce:
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Crabby Appleton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 12:20 PM
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26. Only 160 sickened ? that's quite an improvement.
The manager will probably get a big bonus.
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chaska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 01:02 PM
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29. Article: Has Politics Contaminated the Food Supply?
It's the same theme over and over again: the race to the bottom. This is what happens when you "run government like a business". Get the goddamn business men the fuck out of government, and run government as if peoples lives are at stake cause, guess what, they are.

http://www.commondreams.org/views06/1211-21.htm

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 76 million Americans are sickened, 325,000 are hospitalized, and 5,000 die each year because of something they ate.

Part of the problem is that the governments food-safety system is underfinanced, poorly organized and more concerned with serving private interests than with protecting public health. It is time for the new Democratic Congress to reverse a decades-long weakening of regulations and face up to the food-safety threats of the 21st century.

(snip)

Over the past 40 years, the industrialization and centralization of our food system has greatly magnified the potential for big outbreaks. Today only 13 slaughterhouses process the majority of the beef consumed by 300 million Americans.

And the fast-food industrys demand for uniform products has encouraged centralization in every agricultural sector. Fruits and vegetables are now being grown, packaged and shipped like industrial commodities. As a result, a little contamination can go a long way. The Taco Bell distribution center in New Jersey now being investigated as a possible source of E. coli supplies more than 1,100 restaurants in the Northeast.

While threats to the food supply have been growing, food-safety regulations have been weakened. Since 2000, the fast-food and meatpacking industries have given about four-fifths of their political donations to Republican candidates for national office. In return, these industries have effectively been given control of the agencies created to regulate them.

(snip)

Cutbacks in staff and budgets have reduced the number of food-safety inspections conducted by the F.D.A. to about 3,400 a year from 35,000 in the 1970s. The number of inspectors at the Agriculture Department has declined to 7,500 from 9,000.
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Hugin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 01:07 PM
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31. Thanks for the info chaska...
Very informative.
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matcom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 01:06 PM
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30. HAHAHAHAHA
ABONDANZA!
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