‘Sewage garlic’ turns Rick Scott’s stomach
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The Senator is filing legislation and urging the Commerce Department to probe this unappetizing Chinese product.

Florida’s Junior Senator is calling attention to an unappetizing food import, demanding answers from the White House over “severe public health concern over the quality and safety of garlic grown in foreign countries — most notably, garlic grown in Communist China.”

Rick Scott is railing against so-called “sewage garlic,” a poopy pejorative used because in China, the product is “being grown in human sewage, then bleached and harvested in abhorrent conditions often with slave labor.”

In a letter to Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, Scott invoked 1962’s Trade Expansion Act to claim that the gross garlic could be impinging on America’s national security, and that as an “interested party,” he has standing to compel the Commerce Department to probe the fecal foodstuff.

“I write to request such an investigation into imports from Communist China of all grades of garlic, whole or separated into constituent cloves, whether or not peeled, chilled, fresh, frozen, provisionally preserved or packed in water or other neutral substance, and the threat they pose to U.S. national security. Food safety and security is an existential emergency that poses grave threats to our national security, public health, and economic prosperity,” Scott writes.

The Senator flavors his letter to Raimondo with aspersions on China’s questionable farming practice, which “include such offenses as fertilizing garlic with human feces and forms of sewage, growing garlic in sewage, bleaching garlic to make it appear whiter and cleaner to the eye after its growth in unsanitary conditions, and stripping the root end from garlic before it enters U.S. markets as to make it appear more appealing and also to comply with U.S. laws regarding prevention of soil-borne diseases and contaminants.”

The Senator will introduce the SEWAGE GARLIC Imports Act and the SEWAGE GARLIC Imports Tariff Act soon, intended to address the problem from the legislative side.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • My Take

    December 6, 2023 at 3:44 pm

    Some (much?) of F.orida’s citrus is fertilized with sewage.

    • My Take

      December 6, 2023 at 3:53 pm

      Florida’s citrus is fertilized with sewage.

      They call it “biosolids” or something similar to fool the public.

      • MH/Duuuval

        December 6, 2023 at 7:06 pm

        Milorganite — straight from the sewers of Milwaukee.

  • My Take

    December 6, 2023 at 3:48 pm

    What do you call a meeting room fillèd with GOPers?
    Septic tank?
    Chamber pot?
    “Honey” bucket?

    • MH/Duuuval

      December 6, 2023 at 7:06 pm


    • My Take

      December 7, 2023 at 11:47 am

      Ĺower intestine

  • rick whitaker

    December 6, 2023 at 4:43 pm

    gop dudes like scott get press and support by using the word china in their rants. demonizing words or concepts work well to deceive and misdirect. being in the minority, they use that ploy to get ahead. trump racked up a HUGE federal debt in the 4 years he was in office, yet gop blames it on dems. i grew up hearing ” tax and spend democrats” used over and over for years, only later to find out that the opposite is actually true. garlic is easy and cheap to grow, so why import it. i grow my own garlic and have plenty to give away every year. plant it once, and it comes back the next year by itself. scott also seems to come back every year whether you want him to or not. scott is a weed that needs pulling.

    • TJC

      December 6, 2023 at 4:54 pm

      Amen, brother.

    • My Take

      December 6, 2023 at 5:03 pm

      In Mao’s time the Chinese press used to call ìndividual political enemies “big poisonous weeds.”

  • Biscuit

    December 6, 2023 at 4:59 pm

    NewsPoop out of Florida: Senator Rick Scott, faced with decisions regarding the war in Ukraine, the war in Gaza, global warming, the border crisis, and when or when not to wear his little Navy cap, boldly struts forward to declare we Americans deserve better garlic than what we’re getting.
    Sounds like Presidential Medal of Freedom time for the Senator.

  • Shelley

    December 6, 2023 at 5:08 pm

    Why not garlic grown in Gilroy, California?

    • My Take

      December 6, 2023 at 6:43 pm


  • My Take

    December 7, 2023 at 12:36 am

    It must be pretty bad to turn a botttom-feeder’s stomach.

  • Richard C Russell

    December 7, 2023 at 12:16 pm

    Nothing should be sourced from China, that can be obtained safely from anyplace else! And for anything that can only be sourced in China, with our American ingenuity, should find a way to do it domestically.

  • PeterH

    December 7, 2023 at 1:23 pm

    Once Scott takes care and of garlic issue he plans to devote all of his energy to writing strict border laws to prevent further immigration on our Southern border. Only one issue at a time.

    • My Take

      December 7, 2023 at 7:05 pm

      Well, there’s ginger after the garlic.

  • My Take

    December 10, 2023 at 6:33 pm

    Fecaltreacle (from sugar cane)

  • My Take

    December 15, 2023 at 5:35 am

    With being such an abundant commodity in GOPerdom(-dumb), I’m surprised any sort of crap offends him.

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