Over 85 tons of cheese from the Lacteos Factory in Miami, Fla., which was imported from Nicaragua, turned out to be 1. worth $322,000; and 2. totally tainted with Staphylococcus aureus, a.k.a “golden staph,” a totally gross bacterium and the most common cause of staph infections. Whoops!
As it happens, the cheese was inspected and discovered to be full of staph, but instead of discarding it, Lacteos “developed an elaborate scheme to conceal the tainted cheese.” They sent back boxes labeled cheese refused by Customs; instead, upon inspection, Customs and Border Patrol “discovered that while the top layer of cartons on each pallet contained small bricks of cheese, as labeled, the bulk of the cargo in the lower tiers of boxes consisted only of buckets of wastewater.” Whoops, again!
Finally, it turns out this staph-full cheese had already been sold to over 30 customers in California, New York, and Texas. Triple-whoops!
Man it feels good to be a vegan.
∞ posted at 14:20 by time-for-naps