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  • Water in Toledo, Ohio, remains undrinkable pending more tests (Ban Lifted)

    08/04/2014 3:21:01 AM PDT · by EBH · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | 8/4/2014
    Tests conducted by both the state and federal Environmental Protection Agency showed high levels of toxin levels in two neighborhoods in Toledo, Mayor D. Michael Collins said early Monday. Instead of isolating the two neighborhoods, the Mayor said he'll keep the ban on drinking or using tap water in the entire city of Toledo until additional retests are completed. He declined to provide specifics on the name of neighborhoods in question and how high the toxin levels are. "A majority of areas are satisfactory, but we have two areas of concern," he said at a news conference. As many as...
  • Toledo water test results face extended delay

    08/03/2014 6:51:10 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 31 replies
    Toledo Blade ^ | August 3, 2014 | Blade Staff
    A massive effort to get fresh water samples flown to a highly specialized U.S. Environmental Protection Agency laboratory in Cincinnati became an unexpected all-night ordeal, delaying any announcement about test results early today, but the plane carrying the ice-downed samples is expected to arrive at its destination about 10 a.m. It remains unclear how many hours it will take before that laboratory generates test results, data that is expected to be the most important to date in the second day of the Toledo metro area's unprecedented water crisis that affects 500,000 people.
  • Water supply to city with 400,000 residents 'poisoned' - State of emergency in Toledo, Ohio

    08/02/2014 8:36:01 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 37 replies
    emirates 247 ^ | 8-3-2014 | ap
    Toxins possibly from algae on Lake Erie fouled the water supply of the Ohio city of Toledo Saturday, forcing officials to issue warnings not to drink the water and the governor to declare a state of emergency as worried residents descended on stores, quickly clearing shelves of bottled water. The city advised about 400,000 residents in Toledo, most of its suburbs and a few areas in southeastern Michigan not to brush their teeth with or boil the water because that would only increase the toxin's concentration. Showers and baths are fine, the mayor said. Toledo issued the warning just after...
  • State of emergency declared for NW Ohio counties over water contamination

    08/02/2014 2:13:59 PM PDT · by EBH · 111 replies
    Fox8News ^ | 8/2/2014 | Shannon Carney
    <p>Gov. John Kasich says water will be flowing into the Toledo area from all corners of Ohio to help the 400,000 people who are being warned not to drink the city’s water.</p> <p>Toledo’s mayor says water is coming from Akron, Cincinnati and even a prison near Columbus.</p>
  • Ohio (Toledo area) Water crisis: still waiting for answers

    08/02/2014 2:08:10 PM PDT · by machogirl · 128 replies
    ABC13 ^ | 08/01/14 | Jonathan Keilholz
    Governor John Kasich has issued a state of emergency for Lucas County and surrounding communities due to algae toxins detected in the water during routine testing. Do not drink the water. Alternative water should be used for drinking, making infant formula, making ice, brushing teeth and preparing food. Pets should not drink the water. Do not boil the water.. Boiling the water will not destroy the toxins. It will increase the concentration of the toxins. Consuming water containing algal toxins may result in abnormal liver function, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, numbness or dizziness. Seek medical attention if you feel you have...
  • City of Portland issues E. coli boil water alert for entire city

    05/23/2014 11:46:48 AM PDT · by oldfart · 38 replies
    KGW-TV News ^ | May 23, 2014
    The link gives all I know at this time. http://www.kgw.com/home/City-issues-Boil-Water-Alert-for-all-of-Portland-260435871.html
  • The War on Raw Milk

    04/07/2014 10:45:55 AM PDT · by Nelson Hultberg · 32 replies
    Americans for a Free Republic ^ | April 7, 2014 | Nelson Hultberg
    Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) and a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers have recently introduced legislation to allow for the sale of raw milk, i.e., unpasteurized milk. Their Milk Freedom Act of 2014 would make it legal for “certified dairy farmers” to sell unpasteurized milk products without harassment and criminal prosecution on the part of the FDA. If enacted, this would be a major victory for those who are health conscious and understand the grievous misperception by our medical establishment regarding the safety of raw milk. The distribution of raw milk has been banned in the U.S. since inception of the pasteurization...
  • School Science Project Reveals High Levels Of Fukushima Nuclear Radiation in Grocery Store Seafood

    03/28/2014 5:48:22 AM PDT · by xzins · 48 replies
    The Truth Wins ^ | March 27th, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    A Canadian high school student named Bronwyn Delacruz never imagined that her school science project would make headlines all over the world. But that is precisely what has happened. Using a $600 Geiger counter purchased by her father, Delacruz measured seafood bought at local grocery stores for radioactive contamination. What she discovered was absolutely stunning. Much of the seafood, particularly the products that were made in China, tested very high for radiation. So is this being caused by nuclear radiation from Fukushima? Is the seafood that we are eating going to give us cancer and other diseases? The American people...
  • Treasure Island, CA Irradiated by Cesium-127 Among A Slew of Other Contaminants & Carcinogens!

    02/27/2014 11:57:13 AM PST · by Birdsbane · 27 replies
    The Center for Investigative Reporting ^ | Feb 25, 2014 | Matt Smith & Katharine Mieszkowski
    “We found radiation, contaminated materials, in playgrounds and in areas that had previously been playgrounds,” said McLean, 52, who lives in North Carolina. “We found it in front yards. We found it underneath sidewalks and along the roadways.”
  • Fukushima: A Nuclear War without a War

    The World is at a critical crossroads. The Fukushima disaster in Japan has brought to the forefront the dangers of Worldwide nuclear radiation. The crisis in Japan has been described as “a nuclear war without a war”. In the words of renowned novelist Haruki Murakami: “This time no one dropped a bomb on us … We set the stage, we committed the crime with our own hands, we are destroying our own lands, and we are destroying our own lives.” Nuclear radiation –which threatens life on planet earth– is not front page news in comparison to the most insignificant issues...
  • GM Debate Not Settled, Say European Scientists 'Genetically modified foods'.

    11/04/2013 10:55:03 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 128 replies
    Epoch times ^ | Oct 24, 2013 | Justina Reichel,
    GM Debate Not Settled, Say European Scientists Controversy erupts after World Food Prize awarded to Monsanto By Justina Reichel, Epoch Times | October 24, 2013 In the wake of biotech giants Monsanto and Syngenta being awarded the World Food Prize, a European coalition of scientists is challenging claims that the debate around genetically modified foods is settled and that GM foods are safe. The European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility, which consists of more than 90 scientists, academics, and physicians, released a statement Monday in response to “sweeping claims” that GM products are safe. “We strongly reject...
  • DEP to AP: Study finds fracking chemicals didn’t spread

    07/19/2013 5:59:59 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 19, 2013 | Dan X. McGraw
    A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site, the Department of Energy told The Associated Press. After a year of monitoring, the researchers found that the chemical-laced fluids used to free gas trapped deep below the surface stayed thousands of feet below the shallower areas that supply drinking water, geologist Richard Hammack said. Although the results are preliminary — the study is still ongoing — they are a boost to a natural gas industry that...
  • Ice in six out of ten restaurants has more bacteria than water from toilets

    06/05/2013 4:50:29 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 18 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | June 3, 2013 | Ben Ellery
    The ice served in six out of ten of Britain’s most popular high street restaurants contains more bacteria than the water found in their toilets, an investigation by The Mail on Sunday has found. Scientific tests have shown that ice from branches of McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, Starbucks, Cafe Rouge and Nando’s all had higher levels of bacteria than samples of water taken from their lavatory bowls. Experts say it could be due to them being cleaned more often than the ice machines. None of the samples found presented an immediate health danger, but four contained such high levels of...
  • Scientists Broom Challenging Discoveries Beneath 'Contamination' Rug

    05/15/2013 11:30:12 AM PDT · by fishtank · 5 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Article posted on May 15, 2013. | Brian Thomas
    Scientists Broom Challenging Discoveries Beneath 'Contamination' Rug by Brian Thomas, M.S. * Recent years have witnessed many revolutionary discoveries of original tissues in fossils. Each new find challenges the widely held notion that fossils formed millions of years ago. After all, lab tests repeatedly show proteins and other biological materials lasting no longer than hundreds of thousands of years—millions are out of the question. As a result, these fossils clearly look like recent deposits. What tactics do evolutionists use to accommodate these original organic remains into their entrenched belief in deep time? One tactic is to simply turn a blind...
  • Barriers considered to prevent Hanford tank leak spread

    02/28/2013 10:11:43 PM PST · by Rabin · 7 replies
    .tri-cityherald ^ | February 28, 2013 | Annette Cary
    Covering the ground with a durable plastic or asphalt barrier is one option possible to stop the spread of radioactive waste leaking from Hanford’s underground tanks, said Jane Hedges, manager of the Department of Ecology’s nuclear waste program. She spoke at a work session hearing of the Washington State Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee this morning. Two of the barriers were built earlier at Hanford to prevent rain and snowmelt from driving contamination deeper into the soil. That contamination was left from earlier tanks spills or leaks. The barriers have markedly decreased the amount of water infiltrating the ground...
  • Food in Japan: Radioactive Cesium from Mandarin Oranges, Milk Industry to Test Milk, and Octopus

    02/01/2012 3:47:23 PM PST · by ransomnote · 9 replies
    ex-skf.blogspot.com ^ | 2/1/2012 | Ex-SKF blogger
    As days go by, food in Japan doesn't look very appetizing, to say the least. 1. Radioactive mandarin orange from Kanagawa Prefecture Radioactive cesium was found from the edible part of mandarin oranges (which in the US are called "satsuma" for some reason) and the skin. Security Tokyo is a private testing laboratory that uses the high-precision germanium semiconductor detector, not one of those fly-by-night testing "laboratories" cropping up in Japan (like the one who claimed to have "measured" high radioactive "iodine" in the snow in Hachioji. Totally false. Did I write about it? I don't remember...) But here's the...
  • 1 in 6 Cellphones in Britain Contaminated With 'Fecal Matter'

    10/19/2011 11:21:51 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 59 replies
    gma.yahoo.com ^ | Oct. 14, 2011
    FRIDAY, Oct. 14 (HealthDay News) -- One in six cellphones in Britain may be contaminated with fecal matter that can spread E. coli, likely because so many people don't wash their hands properly after using the toilet, a new study contends. The findings also suggest that many people lie about their hygiene habits, according to the researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Queen Mary, University of London. The study authors went to 12 cities and collected 390 samples from the cellphones and hands of volunteers, who were also asked about their hand-washing habits. Ninety-five percent...
  • Japan: Fukushima residents dump radiated soil in absence of plan

    07/05/2011 6:29:53 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | 07/05/11 | Antoni Slodkowski
    Fukushima residents dump radiated soil in absence of plan Tue Jul 5, 2011 1:33am GMT By Antoni Slodkowski FUKUSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - They scoop up soil from their gardens and dump it in holes dug out in parks and nearby forests, scrub their roofs with soap and refuse to let their children play outside. More than three months after a massive earthquake and tsunami triggered a nuclear meltdown at a nearby power plant, Fukushima residents are scrambling to cope with contamination on their own in the absence of a long-term plan from the government. "Everything and everyone here is paralysed...
  • Sunflowers to clean radioactive soil in Japan

    06/26/2011 11:37:36 PM PDT · by incredulous joe · 5 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | June 27, 2011 | Incredulous Joe
    Campaigners in Japan are asking people to grow sunflowers, said to help decontaminate radioactive soil, in response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster that followed March's massive quake and tsunami. Volunteers are being asked to grow sunflowers this year, then send the seeds to the stricken area where they will be planted next year to help get rid of radioactive contaminants in the plant's fallout zone. The campaign, launched by young entrepreneurs and civil servants in Fukushima prefecture last month, aims to cover large areas in yellow blossoms as a symbol of hope and reconstruction and to lure back tourists. "We...
  • Japan: Residents' urine now radioactive Fukushima(those within 30~40km radius)

    06/26/2011 7:12:17 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 06/27/11
    Residents' urine now radioactive Fukushima Kyodo More than 3 millisieverts of radiation has been measured in the urine of 15 Fukushima residents of the village of Iitate and the town of Kawamata, confirming internal radiation exposure, it was learned Sunday. Both are about 30 to 40 km from the Fukushima No. 1 power plant, which has been releasing radioactive material into the environment since the week of March 11, when the quake and tsunami caused core meltdowns. "This won't be a problem if they don't eat vegetables or other products that are contaminated," said Nanao Kamada, professor emeritus of radiation...
  • Japan: High radiation found on seabed in 300-km stretch off Fukushima

    05/28/2011 9:09:42 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 31 replies
    Japan Today ^ | 05/28/11
    High radiation found on seabed in 300-km stretch off Fukushima Saturday 28th May, 05:07 AM JST TOKYO — Radiation levels up to several hundred times normal have been detected on the Pacific seabed in a 300-kilometer-long area off the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the science ministry said Friday. The ministry said high-level radioactive materials were detected on the seabed in a north-south stretch ranging from Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, to Choshi, Chiba Prefecture, and warned the contamination could affect the safety of seafood.
  • Bacteria Bite Back After Hospital Installs Innovative Faucets

    05/08/2011 11:31:41 PM PDT · by LucyT · 31 replies
    MicrobeWorld ^ | May 08, 2011 | Garth Hogan
    The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is replacing its new high-tech, electric-eye faucets with the old-fashioned kind after discovering that the new hands-free designs actually allowed more contamination from Legionella and other bacteria than the old style. Although the high-tech faucets cut daily water consumption by well over half, Johns Hopkins researchers identified Legionella growing in 50 percent of cultured water samples from 20 electronic-eye faucets in or near patient rooms on three different inpatient units, but in only 15 percent of water cultures from. . . . ."
  • Update on Fukushima: Discussion of High Level Radiation Releases...etc.

    03/30/2011 11:33:58 PM PDT · by Razzz42 · 39 replies
    Fairewinds Associates, Inc ^ | March 31, 2011 | Arnie Gundersen
    Gundersen describes the Fukushima plant as stable, but precarious. In this update, he discusses the high levels of radiation (2 Million disintegrations/second being found on the ground as far as 25 miles from the plant site.) He also addresses a New York Times report of hundreds of tons of water being put into the reactors each day. Gundersen points out that all of the water going in to the reactors is being irradiated, leaking out, and polluting the Ocean. He concludes by discussing the differences between the accident scenarios that the nuclear industry previously planned for and what has actually...
  • Cattle Fed Byproducts Of Ethanol Production Harbor Dangerous E. Coli Bacteria

    02/10/2011 2:43:13 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 32 replies
    Science Daily ^ | Dec. 12, 2007 | Staff Writer
    Byproducts of ethanol production are fed to animals and ultimate pose a health risk to people. The government ignores it. Producing and burning Ethanol releases A LOT of carbon dioxide. The government ignores it. Cattle Fed Byproducts Of Ethanol Production Harbor Dangerous E. Coli Bacteria http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/12/071204091851.htm“But recent research at Kansas State University has found that cattle fed distiller's grain have an increased prevalence of E. coli 0157 in their hindgut. This particular type of E. coli is present in healthy cattle but poses a health risk to humans, who can acquire it through undercooked meat, raw dairy products and produce...
  • Support Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos in light of calls for his resignation

    12/17/2010 4:46:50 PM PST · by Crush · 19 replies · 1+ views
    The Victory Institute ^ | 17 December 2010
    Regardless how you feel about the potential repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," an open and honest debate on the matter is essential, considering the possible effects on our military members' ability to perform their duty. As the Commandant of the Marine Corps has been outspoken in his opposition to the law's repeal, efforts are underway to call for Gen. James Amos to resign, simply for conveying the concerns of his Marines (2 out of 3 combat arms Marines felt the repeal would have a negative effect).Gen. Amos is a 38-year veteran who has served with honor, and his dedication...
  • Obama and Fecal Bacteria

    08/20/2010 8:05:55 AM PDT · by Trafalgar123 · 27 replies
    StellaPundit.blogspot.com ^ | August 20, 2010 | Stella Paul
    Today we learn that upon Obama's arrival in Martha's Vineyard, the waters are discovered contaminated with fecal bacteria. There's Obama's problem in a nutshell: Everything he touches turns to fecal bacteria. Here's America's problem: Obama touches everything.
  • Report: Toxins found in whales bode ill for humans (another crisis in the making alert)

    06/24/2010 8:23:39 PM PDT · by GLH3IL · 14 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 06/24/2010 | ARTHUR MAX
    A report released Thursday noted high levels of cadmium, aluminum, chromium, lead, silver, mercury and titanium in tissue samples taken by dart gun from nearly 1,000 whales over five years. From polar areas to equatorial waters, the whales ingested pollutants that may have been produced by humans thousands of miles away, the researchers said.
  • See how government 'fixed' hazards of infectious waste (Looky what we have rolling on our Hwys)

    06/30/2009 2:32:09 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 4 replies · 679+ views
    wnd ^ | June 29, 2009 | Chelsea Schilling
    Contaminated needles and scalpels, bloodied bandages, body parts, unused prescription drugs, soiled hospital garments, radioactive waste and refuse tainted with infectious disease: These are only a few items that may be discarded on a curbside, abandoned in a nearby lake or piled in a dumpster headed for the local landfill. Some say Americans are simply oblivious to the imminent risk of major hazards and contagions spreading throughout their communities at any given time. Former Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Calif., grew concerned about medical waste hauling after Sept. 11. He told WND that 15 years ago, the nation's hospitals incinerated much of...
  • something Fishy? Counterfeit Foods Enter the US Market

    01/27/2009 10:14:44 AM PST · by o_zarkman44 · 41 replies · 1,013+ views
    solari.com ^ | Jan. 19th, 2009 | Elizibeth Weise
    Some of your favorite foods may be fakes. Foods masquerading as something else — a more nutritious something else — have been big news in the past two years. Chinese food companies in particular have been blamed for making deadly alterations to dairy, baby and pet foods by adding melamine. The chemical makes it appear that the food or beverage has the required level of protein. But what about food producers in this country? What fraudulent foods do U.S. consumers have to fear from American companies?
  • China: First the tainted milk, now toxic chairs?

    First the tainted milk, now toxic chairs? Recliners made by the Dongguan-based company Linkwise are causing cases of eczema, stinging allergic rashes and infections among French customers who bought them. The problems were traced to the use of the chemical, dimethyl fumarate, which is used to prevent mould and fungus on the chairs. The French distributor Conforama has since severed its business ties with Linkwise and told its suppliers to stop all use of the chemical. Out of the 38,000 Linkwise chairs it sold, it says customers have returned about 800 so far. A rash of cases has also cropped...
  • Probe Finds 20 Percent of China Milk Companies in Scandal

    09/16/2008 11:27:07 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies · 294+ views
    Reuters ^ | 09/16/08 | Ben Blanchard
    Probe finds 20 pct of China milk companies in scandal 16 Sep 2008 14:32:23 GMT Source: Reuters (Recasts with results of state investigation) By Ben Blanchard SHIJIAZHUANG, China, Sept 16 (Reuters) - Twenty percent of Chinese dairy firms probed in the wake of a baby milk health scare have been found to have produced melamine-tainted formula, state media reported on Tuesday. Chinese quality officials last week ordered a nationwide probe into all baby milk powders after it was reported that dozens of children had developed kidney stones after drinking tainted formula produced by the Sanlu Group. Two infants have since...
  • More than 1,200 infants sick in China tainted milk scandal (1,253 babies have kidney stone)

    09/15/2008 5:52:55 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 35 replies · 379+ views
    Kyodo News ^ | 09/15/08
    More than 1,200 infants sick in China tainted milk scandal BEIJING, Sept. 15 KYODO More than 1,200 infants are now known to have been made sick after they were fed milk powder at the center of a food contamination scandal in China, the government said Monday. Some 1,253 infants have developed kidney stones after drinking milk formula sold by the dairy firm Sanlu, which contained the chemical melamine, the Health Ministry said in a statement. Two of the infants from the northern province of Gansu have died. The Health Ministry said 340 children are in hospital and 53 of the...
  • China: Food Cited In Illnesses That Hit Track Team(U.S. team affected by local food and water?)

    08/15/2008 11:26:53 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies · 735+ views
    NYT ^ | 08/16/08 | GINA KOLATA and JASON STALLMAN
    Food Cited In Illnesses That Hit Track Team By GINA KOLATA and JASON STALLMAN BEIJING — Several members of the United States track team became ill at the team’s pre-Olympic training center in Dalian, about 300 miles east of Beijing, and food poisoning was the likely cause, according to a coach for three Olympians. “When we were in Dalian, a lot of guys got sick — five or six every day,” said John Cook, who coaches the runners Shalane Flanagan, Shannon Rowbury and Erin Donohue. United States Olympic officials, who had acknowledged concerns about food issues in China leading up...
  • China keeps secret the quake damage to radioactive facilities

    06/14/2008 11:40:08 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies · 153+ views
    World Tribune ^ | 06/12/08
    Thursday, June 12, 2008 China keeps secret the quake damage to radioactive facilities China is keeping a tight lid on the extent of damage caused by the recent earthquake to military radioactive sources. The Hong Kong-based Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy reported May 30 that Chinese authorities only announced some damage to sources of nuclear radiation, including small facilities like cement plants. “Because Sichuan is the most important area for China's military nuclear industries and nuclear research, if those sources of radioactivity were to be damaged, they could cause further harm hundreds of thousands of times greater than...
  • (Texas) Tech researchers train Iraqi scientists to dismantle nuclear facilities

    05/30/2008 6:04:34 AM PDT · by WestTexasWend · 19 replies · 104+ views
    Daily Toreador ^ | 5/30/08 | Angela Farmer
    Several Texas Tech researchers and graduate students will leave for Ukraine on Sunday to begin their collaboration and training programs with the Iraqi government. Earlier this year, scientists at the Center of Environmental Radiation Studies received $948,000 in grants from the U.S. Department of State and $363,500 from the United Kingdom to train Iraqis on how to dismantle nuclear facilities in a manner consistent with international standards. Ron Chesser, director for the Center of Environmental Radiation Studies, said the goal of this program is to assist the Iraqi government in several different ways. "They want to get back into international...
  • Oil companies agree to settle MTBE contamination lawsuits

    05/07/2008 9:59:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 69+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/7/08 | Adam Schreck - ap
    NEW YORK - At least two major oil companies said late Wednesday they have agreed to settle lawsuits over the use of the gasoline additive MTBE, a potential carcinogen that has been found in drinking water. Representatives of Valero Energy Corp. and Chevron Corp. said they had joined the settlement, although a number of other oil companies are also named in a memo supporting the deal that was obtained by The Associated Press. The companies confirmed their involvement after The Wall Street Journal reported on its Web site that several oil companies agreed to pay $423 million plus cleanup costs...
  • Fear of blowout at tunnel(Flood,contamination,drinking water)

    02/16/2008 10:48:50 AM PST · by Uri’el-2012 · 20 replies · 214+ views
    The Mountain Mail ^ | 2/14/2008 | By Ann E. Wibbenmeyer - Leadville Herald
    An estimated 1.5 billion gallons of water is straining on blockage in the Leadville Mine Drainage Tunnel, leading Lake County Commissioners to declare a state of emergency Wednesday. Commissioners issued the declaration because of lack of response to historic water levels accumulated in the mine pool east of Leadville. And, with a 168 percent of average snowpack, officials fear spring runoff could increase water level and pressure in the blocked drainage tunnel, leading to a catastrophic blowout. "At this blockage, there is a head of water almost 200 feet high pressing against a possible rock and rubble 'dam.' No engineers...
  • West Palm Beach water system cleansing underway, but boil water order continues

    10/01/2007 4:29:26 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 5 replies · 146+ views
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | September 30, 2007 | Marc Freeman and Rhonda J. Miller
    West Palm Beach water system cleansing underway, but boil water order continues WEST PALM BEACH - Chlorine began flowing this morning to cleanse West Palm Beach's contaminated water supply, and authorities are still searching for the source of the contamination that prompted a boil water order likely to last through Wednesday. Affected water customers can help too: At 8 p.m. tonight, people should use plenty of water on long showers, car washes, and clothes washing. "To flush the system in your house, basically," said West Palm Beach spokesman Chase Scott. The boil water alert Friday was for its 125,000 utilities...
  • China says U.S. Imports Unsafe

    08/27/2007 8:31:34 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies · 373+ views
    azconservative ^ | 25 Aug 2007 | John Semmens
    China said it had discovered many safety problems with products imported from the United States. "Inspection and quarantine units in various areas have discovered a large number of quality and safety problems with imports from the U.S.," said Chu En Lai, Quality Administrator of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine Administration. "We have reported this to the U.S. side and demanded that it look into the causes and adopt effective measures to ensure that a situation like this does not repeat itself." Chu explained that products from the U.S. lacked what he called “precautionary additives.” “For example, American products typically do...
  • Texas lab finds pain medicine in pet food

    06/05/2007 1:04:08 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 34 replies · 1,276+ views
    Tribune Review ^ | June 5 | Karen Roebuch
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating a Texas laboratory's finding of acetaminophen in dog and cat food, an agency spokesman said Monday. "We're very interested in being able to test these samples ourselves to determine the levels of those contaminants," said FDA spokesman Doug Arbesfeld. "What's significant is these things are there. They don't belong there." ...The contaminants were found in foods that are not among the more than 150 brands recalled since March 16
  • The overwhelmed FDA

    06/03/2007 8:17:09 AM PDT · by oblomov · 20 replies · 645+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 3 June 2007 | William Hubbard
    THOUSANDS OF pet deaths from spiked wheat gluten, raising fears that humans could be next. Millions of shipments of imported foods from China, Vietnam, and other developing countries flooding into the country each year with no inspection by US authorities. Repeated foodborne outbreaks often resulting in deaths and severe illnesses -- from US-produced spinach, sprouts, peanut butter, and other common foods. A plummeting drop in public confidence in the government's ability to protect our food supply. The bad news about our food seems to keep on coming, and it all points to the inevitable conclusion that the Food and Drug...
  • Say It Ain't So, Whole Foods...When Your Favorite Company Takes the Stonewalling Approach

    05/04/2007 6:54:58 AM PDT · by davidgumpert · 47 replies · 2,087+ views
    The Complete Patient ^ | May 4, 2007 | David Gumpert
    So I was miffed today when I received an email back from a Whole Foods media relations person in response to my request for information on how the chain was dealing with the unfolding melamine contamination scandal—whether it has concerns that the stuff may have gotten into its meat or protein powders and whether it’s doing any investigation...
  • Chinese pet food contamination only the beginning of concerns-(3.3% of USA food comes from CHINA)

    05/02/2007 3:29:52 AM PDT · by Flavius · 23 replies · 953+ views
    penn live ^ | May 02, 2007 | na
    "... China's animal-feed production industry, which has little to no regulation."
  • Joint Update: FDA/USDA Trace Adulterated Animal Feed to Poultry

    05/01/2007 8:03:51 PM PDT · by anonsquared · 51 replies · 831+ views
    FDA website ^ | April 30, 2007 | FDA
    WASHINGTON, April 30, 2007 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have learned that byproducts from pet food manufactured with contaminated wheat gluten imported from China have been used in chicken feed on some farms in the state of Indiana. This information came to light as part of the continuing investigation into imported rice protein concentrate and wheat gluten that have been found to contain melamine and melamine-related compounds.
  • Detention Without Physical Examination of -All- Vegetable Protein Products From China...

    05/01/2007 9:52:09 AM PDT · by Milwaukee_Guy · 235 replies · 5,345+ views
    US Food and Drug Administration ^ | Tuesday May 1, 2007 | Milwaukee_Guy
    PROBLEM: Poisonous or Deleterious Substance Unfit For Food Unsafe Food Additive COUNTRY: China (CN) REASON FOR ALERT: In recent weeks, there has been an outbreak of cat and dog deaths and illness associated with pet food manufactured with vegetable proteins contaminated with melamine and melamine related compounds. In response to this outbreak, FDA has been conducting an aggressive and intensive investigation. Pet food manufacturers and others have recalled dog and cat food and other suspect products and ingredients. This has been one of the largest pet food recalls in history, a recall that continues to expand. Thus far, 18 firms...
  • China's food bowl becomes poisoned chalice

    04/28/2007 4:44:09 PM PDT · by Flavius · 57 replies · 1,704+ views
    the age ^ | April 28, 2007 | Ariana Eunjung Cha, Shanghai
    SOMETHING was wrong with the babies. The villagers noticed their heads were growing abnormally large while the rest of their bodies were skin and bones. By the time Chinese authorities discovered the culprit — severe malnutrition from fake milk powder — 13 had died. The scandal, which unfolded three years ago after hundreds of babies fell ill in an eastern Chinese province, became the defining symbol of a broad problem in China's economy. Quality control and product-safety regulation are so poor that people cannot trust the goods on sale. Until now, the problem has not received much attention outside China...
  • Hogs That Ate Tainted Food To Be Destroyed

    04/26/2007 8:41:37 PM PDT · by blam · 52 replies · 1,153+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 4-26-2007 | Mary Ann Fergus
    Hogs that ate tainted pet food to be destroyed By Mary Ann Fergus Tribune staff reporter Published April 26, 2007, 8:38 PM CDT Federal officials alerted authorities in seven states Thursday that swine fed tainted pet food will not be approved to enter the human food supply. Officials at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration expect that approximately 6,000 hogs, now under quarantine, will be euthanized even as they announced that the likelihood of illness after eating pork from the animals is very low. The affected hogs are in California, North Carolina, South Carolina, New...
  • U.S. removes some swine from food supply-(i feel safer already)

    04/26/2007 8:37:47 PM PDT · by Flavius · 19 replies · 502+ views
    india ^ | 4/26/07 | us news
    WASHINGTON, April 26: U.S. officials Thursday announced that swine fed adulterated products will not be permitted to enter the food supply. Capt. David Elder of the Food and Drug Administration told reporters in Washington the FDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture had notified states such swine would not be approved to enter the food supply. "Based on information currently available, FDA and USDA believe the likelihood of illness after eating such pork is extremely low," Elder said. "However, the agencies also believe it's prudent to take this measure." Officials have determined that a shipment of rice protein from China...
  • U.S. hogs ate contaminated pet food from China.

    04/25/2007 8:22:14 PM PDT · by Flavius · 50 replies · 1,023+ views
    iht ^ | 4/25/07 | Reuters, The Boston Globe
    BEIJING: President Hu Jintao of China on Wednesday urged farms to improve food safety and develop the organic sector, a day after the U.S. food safety authorities said that thousands of hogs had eaten salvaged pet food from China that had contained the industrial chemical melamine. Smithfield Foods, the biggest U.S. hog producer, said Wednesday it was unlikely that it had fed contaminated feed to its hogs but that it was checking all of its feed suppliers. Urine from hogs in California, North Carolina and South Carolina tested positive for melamine, a chemical contained in rice-protein concentrate imported from China,...
  • Increasing imports of ingredients underscore U.S. food supply vulnerability

    04/23/2007 7:51:19 PM PDT · by anonsquared · 18 replies · 661+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | April 23, 2007 | Julie Reed
    The same food safety net that could not catch poisoned pet food ingredients from China has a much bigger hole. Billions of dollars worth of foreign ingredients that Americans eat in everything from salad dressing to ice cream get a pass from overwhelmed inspectors, despite a rising tide of imports from countries with spotty records, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal trade and food data. -snip- Over the past five years, the AP found, U.S. food makers prospecting for bargains more than doubled their business with low-cost countries such as Mexico, China and India. Those nations also have...