Essex County Public Health Department Publishes Misleading Information
on POPs Contamination of Animal Fats

The Essex County Public Health Department has placed information on the subject of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) on it’s website.  However, the information falls far short of providing a warning of the health hazard constituted by the presence of POPs in all animal fats available in the mainstream food supply.  The website provides a link to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) POPs page.  That page is not a good source of information on POPs exposure and damages to health.  The non-expert reader would fail to comprehend the significance of the POPs exposure health hazard after reading all of the information on that page. The information presented by EPA focuses the attention of the
reader on the need for more research and would cause the reader to conclude that risk of harm is likely to be limited to subgroups of the general population.  The EPA does not make clear the fact that all animal fats including those present in:  meats, dairy products, fish and eggs available in supermarkets are contaminated with POPs.  The EPA presents information on POPs for the purpose of creating the illusion that the US government is actively addressing the problem.  The US government is doing very little to actively address this problem.  The US government is attempting to avoid its public health responsibility to provide warning of the avoidable POPs exposure health hazard.

The only other information that the Essex County Public Health
Department’s Environmental Health webpage presents is a link to the
website of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.
That website is filled with information about international meetings
on the subject of reducing releases of POPs to the global environment.
The average Essex County resident would not find any guidance in this
information concerning the question of her/his POPs exposure and risk
of adverse health effects.  The Stockholm Convention website only
serves to create the illusion that the world’s governments are
addressing the POPs contamination issue.  The world’s governments are
far from addressing the POPs contamination of animal fats issue.  Not
a single national government has warned its citizens of the existence
of the POPs contamination of animal fats health hazard.

What EPA presents on POPs is very different from what is being
presented by the World Health Organization (WHO).  I had provided
Linda Beers, Director of the Essex County Public Health Department
with the 2010 WHO report titled, “Persistent Organic Pollutants:
Impact on Child Health” before any information on POPs was placed on
the county public health website.  My purpose in providing the WHO
report was to motivate the Essex County Public Health Department to
commence an educational outreach warning residents of the POPs
contamination of animal fats health hazard.  Instead of warning county
residents the Essex County Public Health Department has chosen a
deviant course.  The health department chose to place the
misinformation that EPA uses to please corporations on its website.
The health department chose to exclude the WHO report that clearly
describes a health hazard.

The WHO report acknowledges the existence of harm to public health caused by POPs exposures at current levels of food supply contamination.  This report recommends action to minimize the exposures that children receive to POPs.  Yet the Essex County Public Health Department choose not to include the WHO report in the list of resources on its Environmental Health page.  I have contacted the health department about this deceptive behavior.  They have made no response.  I have concluded that the Essex County Public Health Department is comfortable with keeping the public in the dark about the POPs health hazard.  This is wrong.  Scientific knowledge should be used to protect public health.  The Essex County Public Health Department should be ashamed of itself for participating in the federal and state government deceptions on POPs.

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