FDA says chromium compound poisoned dairy cows

first_imgJun 24, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – A substance that was smeared on dairy cows near Seattle, killing three and sickening seven others, was a chromium compound, but the episode did not endanger consumers, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said late yesterday. Three of the cows later died, and Koopman said he dumped thousands of pounds of milk as a precaution, according to reports. It wasn’t clear exactly how many cows were exposed to the toxin, but the FDA said the number was fewer than 20. See also: The FDA said its Forensic Chemical Center in Cincinnati had been working on the case “around the clock” since Jun 20. The lab first analyzed residues of the substance found on the cows and identified it as a chromium compound. Koopman estimated that he had lost $17,000 to $20,000 since he discovered the toxin, according to the Post-Intelligencer story. He said the three cows that died were worth $2,000 each, and he was unable to sell at least 100,000 pounds of milk. The other seven cows have recovered but still weren’t giving milk, he said. The FDA called the substance “a strong oxidizing chromium compound” but did not identify it more specifically. Tests revealed “no identifiable risk from this agent associated with milk from any of the exposed cows,” the agency said. The FDA said no milk from the sick cows entered the food supply. Some milk from healthy animals in the herd was voluntarily held pending the test results, but FDA officials in Seattle yesterday were advising firms that they could release the milk, the agency said. The FDA said it tested for chromium in milk from the sick cows, milk from cows that were exposed to the agent but didn’t get sick, and milk from unexposed cows. “Concentrations of chromium in all samples of milk from dairy cattle directly exposed to and made ill by the toxic substance were well below the level of 100 parts per billion allowed for drinking water by the Environmental Protection Agency,” the agency said. The FDA announced Jun 21 that it and several other agencies were investigating the incident at a dairy farm in Enumclaw, Wash., about 50 miles southeast of Seattle. Dairy farmer John Koopman reported that 10 cows got sick on Jun 6, and all had a reddish-black substance and blisters on their backs, according to stories this week in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the Seattle Times.center_img A report by the Post-Intelligencer today quoted an unnamed federal investigator as saying the compound contained “chromium 6—a known carcinogen with a variety of pharmaceutical and industrial uses.” The story also quoted James Mayer, a University of Washington chemistry professor, as saying that chromium 6 compounds are “corrosive, aggressive chemicals” that are used in industry but not in any household products. Jun 23 FDA news releasehttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2004/ucm108315.htm Jun 21 FDA news releasehttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2004/ucm108313.htm On May 4, vandals hit two trucking companies that haul milk for WestFarm Foods, according to a Post-Intelligencer report. The vandals opened valves and removed plastic covers on tanker trucks, resulting in the loss of 600,000 pounds of milk, and also punctured truck tires, the story said. A union official denied any knowledge of the attacks and said the union didn’t condone them. In a Times story yesterday, Seattle FBI agent Patrick Adams was quoted as saying there was no evidence of any link to terrorism in the case. He said the agency was looking at former employees or anyone else who might have held a grudge against Koopman. Newspaper reports said there was speculation that the episode could be linked to a recently resolved labor dispute between West Farm Foods, the marketing arm of the Northwest Dairy Association, and the Teamsters Union. Koopman is a member of the association’s board. The lengthy dispute was settled May 26. “Chromium levels in all milk samples tested from the cows that came into contact with the toxic substance but did not become ill were below the minimum detection level of less than 1 part per billion,” the statement said. In addition, the milk would have been diluted by a factor of 5,000 to 50,000 when mixed with milk from other farms before processing, officials said.last_img read more

Fund managers call for UK REIT rethink

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Premier League goal spree sets new record

first_imgTopics : Jesus left it until the very last moment to set the record when he scored in stoppage-time of City’s 3-1 win at Wolves.Earlier in the day, Aston Villa had beaten Sheffield United 1-0.Tottenham’s 5-2 rout of Southampton followed Saturday’s wins for Everton, 5-2 against West Bromwich Albion, and Leeds, 4-3 against Fulham, with six more added as Leicester beat Burnley 4-2. The Premier League set a new record for the highest number of goals in a single round of matches on Monday as Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus scored the milestone 44th against Wolves.After 39 goals were scored across Saturday and Sunday’s eight games, City, Wolves and Aston Villa all netted on Monday to surpass the previous Premier League best of 43.In the 20-team Premier League era, 43 goals were scored in a single game-week across February 5 and 6, 2011.last_img read more

Franklin County Sheriff Releases Annual Report

first_imgFranklin County Sheriff Ken Murphy released an annual report of activity and related information for last year. Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 8,872 calls for service, which is a 1% increase over the 8,775 calls for service in 2012. Among some of the calls of service that were investigated in 2013 were:Property Damage Accidents: 483Personal Injury Accidents: 97Fatality Accidents: 4Burglary/Theft : 345Domestic Disturbance/Battery: 247911 Hang Up/Accidental Dial 764Suspicious Persons Activity:647Traffic Stops: 1,381Business/Residential Checks 246A total of 531 arrests were made by Sheriff’s Deputies, which is an 11% decrease from 2012. Here are some of the following charges:Suspicion of OWI: 55Burglary/Theft: 21Public Intoxication: 14Minor Consumption/Possession of Alcohol 27Battery/Domestic Battery: 29Possession of Controlled Substance: 24Resisting Law Enforcement: 8Warrant: 223Intimidation: 3Criminal Recklessness: 5Leaving the Scene of an Accident: 7Disorderly Conduct: 16Possession of Marijuana: 39Neglect of a Dependent: 6Child Molest: 1Public Indecency: 4“This has been a very challenging year with weather conditions and manpower shortages,” Sheriff Ken Murphy said.The average monthly inmate population was 57 inmates throughout last year. The maximum capacity is 75 inmates. Jail staff prepared and served 66,063 meals to these individuals. The Security Center used 2.6 million gallons of city water at a cost of $15,419. The electric bill came at a cost of $61,304, and natural gas was a total cost of $13,419.Deputies drove a total of 287,235 miles in 2013, averaging 23,944 miles per month.Additionally, the Franklin County Dispatch Center received over 15,000 calls for service for various law enforcement, fire departments and EMS services throughout the county, which is about a 1 percent increase from 2012. A total of 3,500 Emergency 911 calls were received by the dispatch in 2013.The sheriff hopes more people sign up for the free emergency notification system Nixle. There are currently over 6,300 members who utilize the service. Sheriff Murphy indicated that he would like to see it expanded to 10,000 subscribers this year.Sixty pieces of real estate were sold at the Sheriff’s Auctions and 1,071 civil process papers served.last_img read more