Detection of Poisons in Food

Feb 28, 2012

Are American Troops Safe From Food Poisoning?


Recent Events At A Border Checkpoint Makes Us Reconsider.


Food Poisoning

 

How vulnerable are our troops or civilians in countries such as Afghanistan and Pakistan, where a significant amount of the work conducted in American bases and compounds is done by non-Americans? Even one person with questionable loyalty may use his position of trust to endanger the troops by stabbing, shooting or poisoning American personnel.  Two recent events underscored the need to exercise a strong control of materials entering the American compounds as well as non-American personnel.

A few days ago, kitchen workers at a border stop attempted to poison border security personnel by adding poison to foods such as coffee and fruits.  Source.  While this attempt was crude, and fortunately not successful, one cannot predict what poisons will be used next, or how elaborate the poisoning scheme will be.  This recent attempt was made by a kitchen-hand who added Clorox to American food intentionally. Clorox and over 30 other common poisons can be easily detected by Appealing Products, Inc.’s poison detection kits.

Appealing Products, Inc. has developed for the United States Department of Defense under the sponsorship of TSWG, seen here, detection kits for poisons in food.  Clorox, as well as many other poisons, can be detected easily using API’s Poison Detection Kits.

The most dangerous poisons that may be used by terrorists are Cyanides, as was attempted a few years ago in Afghanistan, Thallium, as was used in Iraq, and Arsenic compounds.  All these poisons are available relatively readily from industrial sources in numerous places. Their impact, in terms of real poisoning as well as the psychological blow of a successful poisoning, can be devastating and demoralizing to American personnel and a boast to the terrorists.

API’s Poison Detection Kits detect all common poisons in 10 seconds to 8 minutes.  The Kits are small in size, weigh only 160 grams, yet are rugged and have a long shelf-life.  These kits can be used easily even by a laymen with minimal training to successfully detect instantly on site the presence of dangerous levels of poisons. These kits were proven by the United States Department of Defense to meet the rigorous detection demands for such tasks and are presently used in over 30 countries to test the food of personnel. The performances of the KT-05 and KT-06 kits have also been validated independently by the United States Department of Defense and by North Carolina State University Food Science Department.

Let’s hope that no Americans will lose their life by trusting personnel in foreign countries.

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