Regret the Error has posted its highly amusing list of 2007’s nuttiest newspaper corrections, and there are a bunch of food-related boners among them. Some of the best:

Portland Press Herald:

A story on Page B4 on Wednesday about foraging for edible mushrooms contained a photo of amanita muscaria, which is a poisonous and hallucinogenic mushroom. It was a copy editor’s error.

Sunday Star-Times (New Zealand):

OUR STORY on the price of tomatoes last week misquoted Alistair Petrie, general manager of Turners and Growers. Discussing the price of tomatoes Petrie was talking about retail rate not retail rape. We apologise for the misunderstanding.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

For a short time, Hurricane Katrina survivor and chef LeRoy Crump Jr. operated a kitchen in a bar in a drug-infested area of Clarksburg, W.Va., before opening his current restaurant, Lagniappe, in the city. A story published on Sept. 2, 2007 about his life post-Katrina incorrectly said the bar was a haven for drugs.

The following correction has nothing to do with food per se, but is included here as an added inducement to read the Regret the Error list.

The Intelligencer Journal:

A photograph accompanying a story about Teen Challenge in Saturday’s Intelligencer Journal incorrectly identified the subject, who is the Rev. James Santiago.
The story included an incorrect identification of Santiago’s wife, Pam. Also, Santiago was addicted to crack cocaine for 12 years.

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