Cornbread: it’s safe to eat it again, say authorities

Perhaps one of the silliest sounding stories of the silly season came to an end as the summer gave way to the first rains of September: the ‘mystery of intoxifications following consumption of cornbread’. It transpires that the reason for the more than 200 reports of temporary indisposition emanated from the contamination of cornflour by Datura seeds. Datura plants are notorious for growing alongside cornfields, and causing this kind of blip in the otherwise unremarkable process of producing cornflour. Consumed in sufficient quantities Datura seeds can be fatal.