The US celebrated Thanksgiving last week, and many did so without including romaine lettuce, which is the source of yet another E. coli outbreak. That’s three in the last year for those keeping score at home. As of Friday, the FDA has identified that the tainted greens likely came from California… dang, can that state get a break? While the west half of the country has the objectively wrong choice for favorite Thanksgiving side dish, they should at least be able to enjoy it on that hallowed day. California also had the highest share of affected persons, totaling 10 of the 32 cases. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb noted that they’re working to get date labels on “post-purge” (so, unaffected) produce, something that could evolve into a standard practice anyway.
You may have heard of Steiner/Waldorf schools before. No, not Statler and Waldorf. Their whole thing is focused on raising kids with free will and some spiritual component I’m not going to pretend I understand well enough to explain. They also tend to attract parents who don’t vaccinate their kids, as most recently evidenced in North Carolina where 36 students are very itchy after a chickenpox outbreak. Hopefully, some scratching is all they’ll have to deal with—two to three of every 1,000 chickenpox cases require hospitalization. Of the school’s 152 students, a staggering 72% hadn’t been vaccinated against the virus. The lesson here is that it’s perfectly fine to treat your kid like the special angel they are—if it doesn’t negatively affect other kids. Also don’t conflate “anti-vax” with the N-word.