History & Tiki Trivia: March 1
1989 A phone call to the US Embassy in Chile begins results in an 11 day embargo of Chilian fruit. The anonymous phone call warns that Red Flame grapes have been injected with cyanide. Over 2 million crates of Chilean fruit is impounded and 20,000 Chilean food workers lose their jobs. Consumers in the US and abroad stop eating grapes of any kind for months No real evidence of contamination was ever found.
1990 The Royal New Zealand Navy was the last navy in the world to end daily rum rations for sailors.
2002 McDonald’s agreed to pay $10 million to Hindu and vegetarian groups to settle lawsuits over its use of beef flavoring in its French Fries.