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how about some rocket fuel in yer milk?

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by BROWNer, Sep 24, 2003.

  1. BROWNer

    BROWNer Guest



    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/doilooku....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.
  2. type R

    type R Senior Member

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    its spreading...but there is no way that i am drinking powdered milk.

  3. king kong

    king kong Banned

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  4. mental invalid

    mental invalid Dirty Dozen Crew

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    is anyone shocked that it happend in TX?
  5. BROWNer

    BROWNer Guest

    you mean with all the industrialized deregulations?
  6. mr.yuck

    mr.yuck Veteran Member

    Joined: May 12, 2000 Messages: 6,952 Likes Received: 6
    <span style='color:black'>Wait wait wait. So you are telling me that there are federally acceptable doses of toxic materials that you can ingest? That's not good. Like they are at the milk factory like "Ahhhh...They'll be okay."</span>
  7. mental invalid

    mental invalid Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 11, 2001 Messages: 13,050 Likes Received: 8
    "you mean with all the industrialized deregulations?"

    ding ding ding! browns takes the prize!
  8. GLIK$

    GLIK$ Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Jul 23, 2002 Messages: 22,277 Likes Received: 117
    Well that could explain Tease and his e-buddies.

    DISCO BRYSO Senior Member

    Joined: May 12, 2001 Messages: 1,889 Likes Received: 0
    you guys are all just a bunch of comedians. if jerry seinfeld was on this board no one would no it. shit.. I'm gonna go eat some CTC right now and put a shit load of anti-freeze in it because I can. fuck milk and fuck rocket fuel. I have NOS in my car.. wanna come chase me? :lick:
  10. GnomeToys

    GnomeToys Elite Member

    Joined: Jun 24, 2003 Messages: 2,616 Likes Received: 4
    I wouldn't be too concerned. 1ppb perchlorates is well beyond harmless. Looking up the LD50, Ammonium Perchlorate (the most commonly used perchlorate in solid rocket fuels) is listed at 4200mg/Kg. Assuming the average person weighs something like 70kg, that would be around 294g of perchlorates a person would need to ingest to end up with a 50/50 chance of survival. The amount we're talking about here is somewhere in the sub milligram range per entire gallon of milk.

    The media likes to go crazy with things like this to give everybody a nice scare (TOXIC ROCKET FUEL FOUND IN YOUR CHILDREN'S MILK OMG), but in all honestly perchlorates are emptied from your body fairly quickly and don't have any chronic health effects that I can find other than by inhalation, so I'm going to say that this is just another scare article.
  11. Poop Man Bob

    Poop Man Bob Dirty Dozen Crew

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    Drink soy milk.

    And lay off Texas. We're not all bad.
  12. mr.yuck

    mr.yuck Veteran Member

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    <span style='color:black'>Haha!! I don't feel so goooood.

    Yeah i know how the media does it. "Could your children be an easy target for a psychotic alien robot? Tune in tomorrow to find out."
  13. **REDRUMS**

    **REDRUMS** New Jack

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  14. Feäà m3

    Feäà m3 New Jack

    Joined: Nov 20, 2002 Messages: 0 Likes Received: 0
    Mmmmmm, Mmmmm

    Rocket Fuel... It does a body good!
  15. BROWNer

    BROWNer Guest

    holy christ, ^that^ man is primo astronerd.