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Pay no attention to the stink on those Girl Scout cookies

America's latest food scare has me wondering: If you can't trust a Girl Scout, who can you trust?

A Kentucky bakery recalled one variety of Girl Scout cookie this week after customers complained of a "foul smell and taste," the Associated Press reports. The recall affects Lemon Chalet Cremes distributed in Maryland and two dozen other states.

Little Brownie Bakers of Louisville said on its Web site that the problem was caused by the breakdown of oils used in the cookies. No one has gotten sick and the company contends that the cookies, though "not up to our quality standards," are safe to eat.

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I'm sure everything would have been fine if those oils had just been given the chance to break down inside our bodies.

The recall does not affect any other variety of Girl Scout cookie. So your partially hydrogenated Thin Mints are as good for you as ever.

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Which must be great, since the Girl Scouts of the USA says right on its Web sit that it's "proud that all Girl Scout cookies are 'zero trans fat per serving.'"

Ah, the old per-serving dodge. A serving of Thin Mints? Four cookies. Those Do-Si-Dos or Tagalongs? Two. Two measly cookies! Not the whole sleeve. Eat that, and you'll have enough trans fats for a lifetime.

Mayor William Donald Schaefer downs one of the 21 cookies he tasted at a Girl Scout event in 1980. That's perhaps 10 cookie servings, though he's lived to tell about it. Baltimore Sun photo by Jed Kirschbaum. 

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