This is why I love Belize. Here is a message from the government regarding tainted produce, warning people not to buy these potatoes.
PRESS RELEASE – Food Safety Alert: Tainted Irish Potatoes Belmopan. February 5, 2015. The Belize Agriculture Health Authority (BAHA) and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture inform the public that they have received confirmed reports of tainted Irish Potatoes being sold in San Ignacio.
Investigations revealed that the potatoes are dyed a pink/fuchsia colour and are circulating on the market. Confiscation of this product has commenced and the public is advised not to purchase or consume these tainted potatoes. Attached is a photograph that shows the difference between the two potatoes. The potato labelled number one is the tainted product, and number two is the locally produced red potato.
This isn’t a salmonella or e. coli outbreak, it probably amounts to harmless red dye on the outside of some potatoes. Here’s the picture: And again, the description: “The potato labelled number one is the tainted product, and number two is the locally produced red potato.” So… what the hell is number 3?