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REHW #555 - an opening
The information in REHW #555 (FDA ban on dioxin-contaminated
provides a unique opening for all dioxin activists. If we do
not act to take advantage
of the opening, we possibly lose a
For those who haven't read their copy yet, REHW reports that the
finding much-higher-than-average dioxin levels in some
chickens, has found
that chickens fed with soybean from a
particular grain mill had 3-4 ppt dioxin.
The grain mill had added
bentonite clay (finely ground kitty litter) to the feed
to make it "flow" better (raises questions about what these
before being slaughtered...), and the clay mine was
with dioxin (unknown origin, perhaps
toxic disposal, perhaps a dioxin-polluting
Anyhow, a large number of chicken farms are affected, about 350.
(but not specified) some of the contractors or farms
owned by the multinationals
(Tyson, etc. Tyson chickens are the
ones that showed the first signs of
We have an opportunity to say, very simply:
1. The FDA is right in banning shipments of these chickens.
Dioxin is the most toxic organic substance known, etc,
is associated with horrific diseases and afflictions, etc.
in essence, the normal stuff we have in a "What is dioxin"
flyer. (For example, see http://www.cqs.com/dioxin.htm).
2. The FDA's ban does not go far enough. According to
REHW #555, catfish measured at 10-30 ppt (!), beef is
typically >1 ppt, and many other meats and dairy products
are severely contaminated.
3. The entire upper end of the food chain is contaminated,
as are people's bodies (incl mother's milk). Meat, fish, and full-fat
dairy products should be very limited in the diet.
4. We need to cut dioxin production and exposure now. Stop
incineration, phase out PVC and organochlorine chemicals
In other words, we have the opportunity to finally make dioxin
a national issue. The chemical companies and the meat, dairy,
and fish industries are probably going to go to great lengths
to spin-control this action by the FDA, and may even attempt
to debunk the FDA's and EPA's relatively lame activities
regarding dioxin regulation to date.
Let's make the most of it while the door is open.
Thanks for your time