Dear St. Lawrence County Policy Makers,

Please find below links to articles that describe the bad behaviors of the food industry involving efforts to deny the public the benefits of a safety standard for dioxin exposure.  The American Farm Bureau and other food industry proponents are attempting to stop the US Environmental Protection Agency from finalizing the Agency’s dioxin reassessment.  The draft reassessment sets forth a reference dose that would serve to provide the public with a science based understanding of the magnitude of disease risk imposed by dioxin exposure at current levels of food supply contamination.  The reference dose constitutes a safety standard for dioxin exposure.  Average consumption of animal fats at current levels of food supply contamination results in exposure that exceeds the reference dose.  The food supply is not safe due to the presence of dioxins in animal fats.  The presence of total POPs in animal fats imposes additional disease risk on consumers.

Your efforts to create persistent organic pollutants (POPs) exposure minimization educational outreach for St. Lawrence County residents are part of the world wide campaign to overcome the obstacles to public health protection that are raised by the food and chemical industries.  Dioxins are the most extensively studied sub-group of POPs.  Industry has sought to confuse the public about dioxin exposure disease risk ever since scientists first began to report health damages from dioxin exposure.

Please consider writing to President Obama expressing support for immediate finalization of the draft dioxin reassessment.

joyous in Nature,

Donald L. Hassig

Food Industry Wants to Keep Dioxins in Your Dinner: Report

Village Voice (blog) – ‎13 hours ago‎
By Victoria Bekiempis Mon., Jan. 9 2012 at 8:08 AM ​It’s always good to know that the people who raise the nation’s livestock and sow the country’s crops really want to put health first. Or not. A group of top US food producers has recently protested

Live and let dioxin: Big Ag is worried about scaring us off meat and milk

Grist Magazine – ‎14 hours ago‎
by Michele Simon It doesn’t take much for the food industry to freak out over potential government action, but this latest corporate outcry is especially galling and self-serving. This month, after more than 20 years of “assessment,” the Environmental

Food Industry Concerned About EPA’s Dioxin Limits

Food Safety News – ‎18 hours ago‎
by Helena Bottemiller | Jan 09, 2012 The food industry is worried a new Environmental Protection Agency proposal on dioxin, a group of toxic chemicals, could deem the average American diet dangerous. After several years of deliberation,