I recently replaced my defunct spatula (the bowl-scraping kind, not the pancake-flipping kind). I got the new one at the grocery store... it's not a special purchase, right? Got the wooden handled, rubber topped (not plastic) version that's always worked for me in the past.
The problem is that this new one gives off a strong chemical smell which gets worse when I use it with warm ingredients. If I taste the food that's on the rubber portion, it has that same chemical taste.
I know I'll have to throw the thing out... but in all my spatula-purchasing years, I've never come across this problem.
Any ideas on what's going on?