July 3rd, 2011

Proof That We Are Not French

In case you were worrying about fading American national identity as we celebrate July 4, did you see this detail on a recent E. coli O104:H4 outbreak from France?

More recently, at least 15 people in Bordeaux, in southwestern France, appear to have been infected with the strain found in Germany. Most of them have been linked to a day care center in Bègles, a suburb, where the victims apparently ate gazpacho garnished with sprouts.

I think it’s safe to say that among day care centers in the United States, the number serving gazpacho garnished with sprouts is approximately the same as those serving Chateau Lafite as the drink to accompany chicken fingers with fries.

Or should that read, “avec frites.”

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