Potential Bioterror Attack on U.S. Milk Supply Examined

University professors study potential attacks using botulinum toxin


Changes made in voluntary pasteurization processes since the 9/11 terror attacks may mean that Wein and Liu's original calculations of the human toll should be lowered, said Wein. The PNAS editorial, signed by Bruce Alberts, president of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS), agreed but argued that the issues raised by the paper are still of value to both academics and security agencies.

"There is everything to be gained by alerting the public and state governments to the dangers so they can help the federal government in its ongoing, highly laudatory attempts to reach 100% compliance" with pasteurization processes that will protect the milk supply.

The U.S. National Academy of Sciences has recommended that the paper become a case study for its newly formed National Science Advisory Board, created in 2004 "to provide case-specific advice on oversight of research and the communication and dissemination of life sciences information that is relevant for national security and biodefense purposes."

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