Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Shawerma strikes again

Another episode of shawerma poisoning unfolded in Madaba a couple of days ago. This time around 250 people were poisoned, as opposed to the 700+ who were afflicted last summer in Zerqa.

To me, it is no surprise that this has happened again. The last time, the government applied little substantive response to the problem, simply fining the offending restaurant a measly 135 dinars (i.e. less than 20 piasters per poisoning). A bargain of sorts.

The press has had fun with this, with Emad Hajjaj drawing this cartoon.


It is a warning on a box of shawerma, saying that spoiled mayonnaise is ruins the health and may cause death (a warning from the ministry of health).

Humorist Ahmad Hassan Zoubi compared shawerma with booby trapped car bombs, which can strike when you least expect them.

The government seems to have been embarrassed that this happened again. This is what happens when a government stays in office for too long: it tends to fall in the same trap more than once. Anyway, the government has decided to do something substantial this time. No more fooling around! The PM has decided to form a committee to study why this happened. I feel better all ready.


At 6:01 PM, Blogger Mohanned said...

The soloution is simple, the shawerma must be cooked to 165 f and the mayo and other stuff should be kept in a cooler!!This should be mandatory for all resturants!!

At 6:16 PM, Blogger Khalaf said...

What?!!! No need for a committee????

At 9:03 PM, Blogger Blogger said...

How about the bad milk at schools?

That happened 3 times . not once, and not twice....


At 9:20 PM, Blogger Khalaf said...

Maybe we should go back to jameed. Our grandparents seem to have had a better idea about storing food than we do now. Either that, or we learn the finer points of refrigeration.

At 8:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

fuck the worthless government. good for nothing but torture and tax collection. fuck the greedy business owners.

At 8:27 AM, Blogger Dave said...

Here's a novel idea: it's called the Food and Drug Administration. It's been working effectively for quite a while in other countries.

Ah, but it might put the local street vendor out of business!


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