Posts Tagged persistent organic pollutants

4/1/14 Media Advisory: Jefferson County Using Scientific Knowledge to Prevent Cancer, Diabetes and Heart Disease

Jefferson County Using Scientific Knowledge to Prevent Cancer,
Diabetes and Heart Disease

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 7:00 PM

Jefferson County Historic Courthouse, Legislative Board Room, Watertown, NY USA

Jefferson County has a Public Health Department.  The Public Health
Department employs a public health educator.  His name is Steve
Jennings.  The Jefferson County Public Health Department is fully
capable of using scientific knowledge to educate Jefferson County
residents about industrial chemicals in food that are causing cancer,
diabetes and heart disease.  There are three simple steps to
accomplishing this:  (1) task Mr. Jennings with reading the 2010 World
Health Organization report, “Persistent Organic Pollutants:  Impact on
Child Health”; (2) make Mr. Jennings responsible for creating a page
on persistent organic pollutants (POPs) exposure minimization on the
Jefferson County Public Health Department website; and (3) hold a news
conference to announce the availability of the scientific information
on the Jefferson County Public Health website.  It is that easy to
warn people about avoidable chemical exposures that are causing
cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

“I will make a five minute ;presentation to the Jefferson County
Legislature advocating for action on POPs exposure minimization.  It
is all up to the lawmakers of Jefferson County to determine whether or
not scientific knowledge will be used to the benefit of public health.
Hopefully, my presentation will motivate the members of the County
Legislature to read the WHO report “Persistent Organic Pollutants:
Impact on Child Health”.  Once they have come to possess this
knowledge, I believe that they will make sure the information is
shared with the public.”-Donald L. Hassig

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3/30/14 News Release: NYS Department of Health Knows Persistent Organic Pollutants Present in Mainstream Food Supply Animal Fat Foods Cause Cancer, Diabetes and Heart Disease and Chooses to Remain Silent

NYS Department of Health Knows Persistent Organic Pollutants Present
in Mainstream Food Supply Animal Fat Foods Cause Cancer, Diabetes and
Heart Disease and Chooses to Remain Silent

On 3/26/14, I spoke with Wendy Kuehner an employee of the New York
State Department of Health (DOH) Center for Environmental Health.
Over the course of the past several months, I have sought to engage
Ms. Kuehner in a discussion of the damages to health caused by
exposure to persistent organic pollutants (POPs) at current  and past
levels of food supply contamination.  POPs are contaminants of all
animal fats.  These industrial chemicals are present in foods,
including:  meats, fish, dairy products and eggs worldwide.

Ms. Kuehner has informed herself on the subject of POPs exposure and
damages to health by reading the 2010 World Health Organization (WHO)
report, “Persistent Organic Pollutants:  Impact on Child Health”.  Due
to the risk of serious harm associated with POPs exposure at current
levels of food supply contamination, WHO recommends action to minimize
the exposure that children receive to POPs.

I had requested that Ms. Kuehner read this report as part of my
strategy for motivating the DOH to assist with informing school boards
and school administrators on the subject of POPs exposure
minimization.  School meals contain many high animal fat food items
leading to unnecessarily high POPs exposures.  Hot dogs, hamburgers,
chicken patties, sausages and ravioli are foods high in animal fat.
These foods should not be fed to children.

Ms. Kuehner stated that there was nothing the DOH could do about the
decisions of school districts to feed children meals high in animal
fats.  I pointed out that the DOH could educate the school
decision-makers about the health protective benefit of POPs exposure
minimization.

Ms. Kuehner stated that the DOH was indeed taking action on POPs
exposure minimization.  It was her position that facilitating access
to low fat dairy products and promoting eating meals high in fruits
and vegetables were actions that served this purpose.

I asked Ms. Kuehner what was the point of DOH silence on POPs in food
and the harm that POPs exposure was causing.  I stated that the first
thing a parent would do after reading the 2010 WHO report on POPs
would be to warn her/his children about this health hazard.

I explained to Ms. Kuehner that the US Department of Agriculture
(USDA), which sets standards for school meals did not take POPs
exposure into consideration when it set these standards.  The USDA
based its most recent school meal standards on the recommendations of
the 2010 Institute of Medicine report, “School Meals:  Building Blocks
for Healthy Children”.  There is no mention of food supply
contaminants in this lengthy document.

I requested that Ms. Kuehner read the above named report and she
agreed to do so.  Reducing the quantity of animal fat in school meals
is a key step in any POPs exposure minimization strategy.  The DOH
Center for Environmental Health needs to assist with informing school
decision-makers on the subject of POPs exposure minimization.

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3/18/14 Media Advisory: Dialogue on Past and Ongoing PCB Exposures of Akwesasne and St. Lawrence County with St. Lawrence County Board of Health

Dialogue on Past and Ongoing PCB Exposures of Akwesasne and St.
Lawrence County with St. Lawrence County Board of Health

Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 6:00 PM

Second Floor Conference Room, St. Lawrence County Human Services
Building, State Route 310, Canton, NY USA

PCBs were and continue to be part of life for Akwesasne and St.
Lawrence County residents.  Providing educational outreach on the
subject of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) exposure minimization
to these populations is a critical step in minimizing the harm that
this exposure will cause.  POPs exposure minimization education comes
before the St. Lawrence County Board of Health at its March 18
meeting.  Obtaining the support of the Board of Health is a key step
in creating an educational outreach on POPs
exposure minimization within the Public Health Department.

PCBs are part of a larger group of chemicals referred to as POPs.  All
animal fat is contaminated with POPs.  This has come to be the case
due to the longterm presence of POPs in the environment.  Minimizing
POPs exposure will reduce risk of developing diseases and disorders,
including:  cancer, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune
diseases, reproductive problems, autism, hypothyroidism, ADHD and
cognitive impairments.

“Public health protection is largely about education.  Providing
residents of Akwesasne and St. Lawrence County with information on the
POPs exposure that results from consumption of animal fat foods,
including:  meats, fish, dairy products and eggs empowers changes in
diet that minimize POPs exposure.  Once people know that they continue
to be exposed to PCBs and the other POPs when they eat animal fat,
they can choose foods that contain little or no animal fat.  This
choice is the strongest action that a person can take to avoid
exposure to some of the most dangerous of man-made chemicals.  The St.
Lawrence County Board of Health can take a major part in helping the
St. Lawrence County Public Health Department set up a POPs exposure
minimization education program.”-Donald L. Hassig

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Cancellation Notice for 2/26/14 Hassig Campaign Event

Due to the likelihood of lake effect snow  tonight and tomorrow in the
Oswego area, I will not be attending the NYS Council on Food Policy
Listening Tour event scheduled for 2/26/14.  Thank you for your
interest in the NY-21 race.

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2/26/14 Media Advisory: Green Hassig Gives Presentation titled “Environmental Health Science in the Development of Food Policy” at NYS Council on Food Policy Listening Tour Event

Green Hassig Gives Presentation titled “Environmental Health Science
in the Development of Food Policy” at NYS Council on Food Policy
Listening Tour Event

Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 10:00 AM-4:30 PM

New York State Fairgrounds, Demo Kitchen in the Art and Home Center,
Syracuse, NY USA

The New York State Council on Food Policy has announced that it will
conduct the first in a series of Listening Tour events at the New York
State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.  I have made arrangements to
participate.

This event marks the first time that the people of New York have been
invited to take a role in the creation of food policy.  The approach
of such a standout event is cause for jubilation.  We can be sure that
the governments of America are coming to recognize the importance of
food in matters of public health.  The Listening Tour event offers a
perfect moment to raise the matter of the benefit to public health
that accrues from providing the public with warnings of food
contamination problems.  Empowering individual action to avoid
exposure to food supply contaminants must become a key part of food
policy making.  Environmental health science knowledge makes this all
possible.

I look forward with great excitement to this opportunity to speak on
the value of environmental health science knowledge in decision making
on food.  I will make a five minute oral presentation that focuses on
two issues in which environmental health science illuminates health
protective policy making:  persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
contamination of animal fats and arsenic contamination of rice.

A PDF file for my presentation at the Listening Tour event is available below.

Environmental Health Science in the Development of Food Policy

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2/19/14 News Release: Green Party Candidate Hassig Presents Question to US EPA Regarding Dioxin Contamination and Food Supply Safety

Green Party Candidate Hassig Presents Question to US EPA Regarding Dioxin Contamination and Food Supply Safety

Why has the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) taken the position that dioxin contamination of the food supply does not represent a health risk for Americans?  The scientific literature clearly demonstrates that dioxin exposure at current levels of food supply contamination can cause damages to health in a number of ways.  Dioxin exposure of adults leads to epigenetic effects resulting in damage to the health of offspring.  Additionally, lifelong dioxin exposures impose increased cancer risk in the body of the independent organism.  This is because dioxin promotes carcinogenesis.  The non-carcinogenic effects part of the agency’s dioxin reassessment does not take either of these sources of risk into account.  Lack of attention to these sources of risk constitutes an incurable flaw in the agency’s dioxin reassessment.  Because of this flaw, the agency’s position that the food supply is safe is invalid.  Without publishing a carcinogenic effects part to the reassessment, the risk characterization is incomplete.  EPA can not justify its decision to provide the public with assurance that the food supply is safe.

This question has been presented to Judith Enck, Regional Administrator for US EPA Region 2.  I do not expect an answer from Ms. Enck.  I have sought the answers to questions regarding EPA’s position on dioxin contamination and food supply safety over the period of several years.  Her response has been merely to restate the EPA position that the food supply is safe.  Her response provides no answers.  It is nothing but avoidance of my questions.  I am hopeful that raising this matter in my congressional campaign will lead to provision of answers.

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2/16/14 News Release: Green Party Candidate Hassig Vows to Hold US EPA Accountable for Sickness and Death Caused by Unnecessary Exposures to Dioxins, PCBs, Flame Retardants and Fat-Soluble Pesticides

Green Party Candidate Hassig Vows to Hold US EPA Accountable for
Sickness and Death Caused by Unnecessary Exposures to Dioxins, PCBs,
Flame Retardants and Fat-Soluble Pesticides

The non-carcinogenic effects part of the Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) dioxin reassessment was published in February 2012.  The
carcinogenic effects part has not yet been published.  EPA used
publication of the non-carcinogenic effects part of the reassessment
to make the claim that the food supply was safe.  The food supply was
not proven to be safe by the document that EPA published.  EPA only
considered non-carcinogenic effects that had been quantified in
developing an oral reference dose.  There are numerous
non-carcinogenic effects and carcinogenic effects that can not be
quantified at this time.  Because of the uncertainty associated with
these effects, it is not scientifically valid for EPA to publish an
oral reference dose and make the claim that the food supply is safe.
The simple Truth is that science has not yet produced sufficient
understanding of dioxin exposure health effects to make dependable
quantification of risk possible.  At this stage of scientific
knowledge it is only possible to state that chronic dioxin exposure at
low doses is associated with serious damages to health.  It is
therefore prudent to take action to minimize dioxin exposure.  EPA is
not acting to minimize dioxin exposure.  Assuring the public that the
food supply is safe when existing scientific knowledge supports the
conclusion that it is highly likely that the food supply is not safe
results in unnecessary exposures that are highly likely to be causing
serious harm.

When one considers the fact that total persistent organic pollutants
(POPs) exposure includes dioxin exposure, all PCB exposures, all flame
retardant exposures and exposures to fat soluble pesticides, including
DDT, Mirex, Toxaphene, hexachlorobenzene and hexachlorocyclohexane, it
is clear that total POPs exposure imposes a significant quantity of
disease risk at current levels of food supply contamination and that
action should be taken to assist the public with avoiding POPs
exposures so as to minimize exposure.  The first step in this
assistance of the public is warning the public of the POPs exposure
health hazard constituted by the presence of POPs in the mainstream
food supply animal fat containing foods:  meats, fish, dairy products,
eggs and processed foods in which animal fat is an ingredient.

EPA does not provide any such warning to the public because EPA is
controlled by corporations in the chemicals, food and manufacturing
sectors of the economy.  EPA hides the Truth about the damages to
health caused by total POPs exposure by spending decades reassessing
dioxin and then publishing an invalid reassessment document that sets
forth a meaningless oral reference dose.  EPA is responsible for the
suffering and death of millions of Americans.  EPA has committed and
continues to commit criminally negligent homicide.

“I want to bring out the Truth about EPA, dioxin and POPs so the
American people can start making dietary choices that minimize
exposure to dioxins and POPs.  Eating little or no animal fat
minimizes exposure to dioxins and POPs.  Another benefit of bringing
out the Truth about this is government accountability.  I want to see
EPA held accountable for deceiving Americans about dioxin and POPs
exposure.  Creating this accountability will go far to bringing an end
to corporate control of government.  It will spark an environmental
revolution.  Everything will be different when large numbers of people
know the Truth about contamination of the food supply with industrial
chemicals.  We will finally be ready to start walking upon the path of
using chemicals with care.  Bringing out the Truth comes first.  When
I am a member of Congress, I will take whatever steps are necessary to
hold EPA accountable for the harm that has been caused by dioxin and
total POPs exposure deceptions.  I will make sure that the American
people know that EPA told them that the food supply was safe when it
was known by scientists that the food supply was not safe and that the
exposures that took place before and continue to take place to this
very day have caused much harm.”-Donald L. Hassig

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