Why did this never come up?

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-26-2003
Why did this never come up?
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Sun, 10-05-2003 - 6:49pm
Can anyone point to a good reason why THIS information about toxic substances in "milk" (ie COW milk in supermarkets) was never talked about with the same fame as the breastmilk and flame retardant chemicals was?

1. Rocket Fuel in Drinking Water

2. Rocket Fuel in Winter Lettuce

3. Perchlorate and the Toxic Legacy

of the Cold War




NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 19, 2003

CONTACT: Bill Walker or Renee Sharp, Environmental Working Group

(510) 444-0973 or (510) 444-0974

Dr. Purnendu K. Dasgupta, Texas Tech University

(806) 885-4567



TOXIC ROCKET FUEL FOUND IN MILK SAMPLES FROM TEXAS SUPERMARKETS


LUBBOCK, TX, Sept. 19 - A toxic component of rocket fuel has been found in

supermarket milk at levels exceeding the federal government's currently

recommended safe dose for drinking water, according to a peer-reviewed

scientific study published today.

A team of five researchers from the Institute of Environmental and Human

Health at Texas Tech University report in the journal Environmental Science

and Technology that perchlorate was "unambiguously detected" in seven of

seven cow's milk samples from Lubbock grocery stores.

LINK: http://pubs3.acs.org/acs/journals/doilookup?in_doi=10.1021/es034735q

Perchlorate levels in the milk ranged from 1.7 to 6.4 parts per billion -

all higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's most recent

proposed safety standard of 1 ppb. Enforceable federal standards are not

expected for at least five years, but the State of California has set 4 ppb

of perchlorate as the "action level" at which a public water supply should

be shut down.

Perchlorate, the explosive main ingredient of solid rocket and missile

fuel, can disrupt the thyroid gland's ability to make essential hormones.

For fetuses, infants and children, disruptions in thyroid hormone levels

can cause lowered IQ, mental retardation, loss of hearing and speech, and

motor skill deficits.

Perchlorate, most of it leaking from military bases or defense plants,

contaminates more than 500 drinking water supplies in at least 20 states,

serving well over 20 million people. Among major perchlorate-polluted

sources is the Colorado River, which is used to irrigate 1.4 million acres

of cropland in California and Arizona. Earlier this year, a study for the

Environmental Working Group, conducted by the same team from Texas Tech,

reported that about 1 in 5 samples tested of winter lettuce irrigated by

the Colorado had perchlorate levels averaging four times the EPA's draft

safety standard. (www.ewg.org/suspectsalads.pdf.)

"These troubling results are the first indication that perchlorate is not

only contaminating drinking water and irrigation water, but that livestock

can pass it on to humans," said EWG Senior Analyst Renee Sharp. "How much

more evidence do we need before the government takes action to protect our

water, our food and our selves from this toxic chemical?"

The milk samples represented six different brands, four packaged locally at

the same plant and two at separate plants outside Texas. Researchers also

found perchlorate in one sample of evaporated cow's milk (1 ppb) and one

sample of human breast milk (about 4 ppb), but none was found in a sample

of reconstituted powdered milk.

Levels of perchlorate in Lubbock-area drinking water range from below the

limit of detection to 4 ppb, with the average about 2.5 ppb. Previous

research by the Texas Tech scientists has shown that feed crops such as

alfalfa can take up and concentrate perchlorate to high levels. The

researchers have also documented perchlorate contamination of field-grown

wheat, blackberries, chinaberries, mulberries and in lab-grown lettuce,

soybeans, strawberries and cucumbers.

"The significant occurrence of perchlorate in all milk samples analyzed at

levels that are comparable or even greater than the current California

action level for the concentration of perchlorate in drinking water came as

a considerable surprise to us," wrote the authors. "Based on this limited

study, it is not clear how widespread perchlorate contamination of milk may

be, but clearly such a study is warranted."

EWG renews its call for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and

Department of Agriculture to fast-track a definitive study of perchlorate

contamination in the U.S. food supply, and make all results public. All

future drinking water standards, such as those currently under

consideration by California, must adequately reflect the potential for

exposure through food. Farmers and ranchers must be fully compensated for

lost profits and property values.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-25-2003
Mon, 10-06-2003 - 7:01am

Your answer is right in the article:


<<Perchlorate, most of it leaking from military bases or defense plants,
contaminates more than 500 drinking water supplies in at least 20 states,
serving well over 20 million people. Among major perchlorate-polluted
sources is the Colorado River, which is used to irrigate 1.4 million acres
of cropland in California and Arizona. Earlier this year, a study for the
Environmental Working Group, conducted by the same team from Texas Tech,
reported that about 1 in 5 samples tested of winter lettuce irrigated by
the Colorado had perchlorate levels averaging four times the EPA's draft
safety standard. (www.ewg.org/suspectsalads.pdf.) >>


and


<lost profits and property values.>>


**First, your going against the gov't...secondly, your asking the gov't to