New York Times article highlights ricin bioterrorism threat

Posted 17 August 2011

An article recently published in the New York Times describes the potential bioterrorism threat of using castor beans to produce ricin, a deadly toxin. In case your association or members receive inquires about this issue, be aware that the Center for Food Security & Public Health has some useful resources pertaining to animals that may answer such questions. The Center works to increase awareness of bioterrorism, agroterrorism, foreign animal diseases, and zoonotic diseases; provide tools on biological risk management; and assist local and state governments to prepare for animal emergencies.

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