|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||2 Dec 2004 04:29:14 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] Perchlorate in Salinas lettuce, too.|
[Newspapers across the country have been reporting about the Food and
Drug Administration's unexpected broad findings of perchlorate in milk
and produce. The agricultural commissioner quoted below was not along in
his surprise. These findings should prompt a whole new phase of
detective work to find out where the perchlorate is coming from, even if
it turns out that exposure concentrations are below current legal
standards. - LS]|
By VICTOR CALDERON The Salinas Californian December 1, 2004
A survey conducted between December 2003 and August by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found traces of perchlorate, a toxic rocket-fuel chemical, in samples of Salinas Valley lettuce. The FDA has not determined any immediate health risk and does not advise consumers to alter their eating habits. The study can be found at www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/ clo4data.html.
Traces of a hazardous chemical have been found in lettuce grown in the Salinas Valley, according to a survey conducted between December 2003 and August by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The survey, released Friday, says four types of lettuce -- green leaf, iceberg, red leaf and romaine -- were found to have amounts of perchlorate, a primary ingredient of solid rocket propellant. The chemical also is used in fireworks, leather tanning and the manufacture of paint and enamel, among other things.
To discover how much perchlorate might be absorbed into food from contaminated irrigation water, the FDA undertook the survey, finding levels ranging from 1 part per billion (ppb) in green leaf lettuce to 29.6 ppb in iceberg lettuce.
"These numbers are very surprising to me," said Bob Roach, assistant agricultural commissioner for Monterey County.
Roach, whose department assisted the FDA in obtaining samples, said the findings are unexpected because there are no known sources of perchlorate contamination in Monterey County.
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