Spinach scare poses trucking dilemma

| 9/18/2006

The Food and Drug Administration is now saying consumers should avoid all fresh spinach – not just spinach that’s packaged in plastic bags.

The warning arrived as the number of people stricken with E-coli reached 109 as of Monday afternoon.

The outbreak is causing problems for truckers who were hauling spinach, only to have it rejected once they’d reached their destinations.

Gayland “G.W.” Monday, an OOIDA member from Queen City, TX, told “Land Line Now” on XM Satellite Radio he pulled into Atlanta with several pallets of bagged spinach, only to have it rejected by the receiver. Monday told Land Line that the shipper would not take it back, so his best option was to dump it. He paid a driver to dispose of the load for him.

Meanwhile, in Fort Bend County, TX, which is located just outside of Houston, Davinder Singh, a trucker, was arrested and faces up to two years in jail for dumping 548 boxes of bagged spinach on the side of the road.

According to media reports, Singh said his boss at Trius Trucking told him to “dump” the load, but his boss said he didn’t mean by the side of the road.

The company did bail Singh out of jail and pledged to pay the $10,000 fine.

– By Land Line staff