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    Re: Agraquest got an employee sick

    Posted by Monique on 7/02/08

    Dear David,

    I found about your case by doing some research about GM food. I
    am sorry about what has happened to you David I feel extremely
    angry with Agraquest's lack of responsibility regarding your
    safety and health protection. I wish this company closed down
    forever and stop ruining other people's lives. How could we eat
    the GM they are selling in the supermarkets? Who lets them
    control our food products? That is unhuman. David, I hope and
    pray you will get justice one day.


    On 10/29/06, sick wrote:
    > RE: AgraQuest - For those that may be interested:
    > Dave was sick after only working for 4 months. Had to go to
    emergency medical
    > clinic, an ent the next day and less than `1/2 month had 1st
    sinus surgery. He
    > went back to work and continued to be sick and everyone knew
    it. His term of
    > employment (assistant researcher) was 6 months to 1 year and
    was told "his
    > position was being terminated". He tried to get his
    employment file in 2000
    > through the AQ attorney but this was not furnished until 4+
    years later through a
    > subpoena. What was found upon review of this file was beyond
    disbelief. He had
    > a tro filed on him 7 months AFTER he left the company
    (believed to be the result of
    > him thinking he had 18 months and he could publish what he
    thought company
    > was sitting on a fantastic product. The tro was a guize to
    keep him away from the
    > company. The judge denied it because there was no cause for
    such an action.
    > (this decision was NOT in his employment file) Employees were
    led to believe that
    > he had threatened an employee which was not true. He has had
    2 more sinus
    > surgeries and many other procedures. What is found in him is
    what was at the lab.
    > Another fungus was recently discovered... He has to now have a
    4th sinus surgery.
    > He has had to go on IV immunoglobin infusions every 28 days
    because he does
    > not produce b-cells anymore. This has taken down his immune
    system. He got
    > sick at AQ and continues to be sick. We were recently told
    that noone is going to
    > help him because of what the employees were told about him.
    This is not true and
    > in fact is slaunderous. We now know that AQ covered-up what
    happened to him
    > and just wanted him gone. We only want the truth out. His
    immune system is now
    > at 330 and should be 750+. He was wronged by this company.
    If we can't find
    > out what all is in him I don't think he has a very promising
    future. As a relative I
    > "swear to God" that he has never been sick like this... he
    only had seasonal
    > allergies. Someone has got to come forward and tell the
    truth. By you having to
    > sign a contract saying you will not say anything bad about the
    company is only
    > covering up what has happened to Dave and probably many more.
    Dave's life and
    > possibly your life is of value. You have been misled if you
    think Dave was ever a
    > threat to the company or its employees as you have been told.
    This is just not
    > true. I know that many of you have stock with the company.
    Doesn't a human life
    > mean more than trying to protect a company who doesn't really
    care about the
    > employee.... only themselves? I beg someone to come forward.
    PLEASE. We don't
    > want to lose Dave.
    > I can be contacted: You will
    remain anonamous.
    > We just need some facts.
    > Thank you.
    > On 8/10/05, Dave wrote:
    >> On 8/18/04, dave wrote:
    >>> (David, CA.)
    >>> Agraquest got me ill from exposure to pathogens and
    >>> allergens and set me out the door, layed off. I have been
    >>> sick many years.
    >>> I filed worker's comp. and now the company slanders me by
    >>> saying I was fired. However, I received severance pay of
    >>> one month and no dismissal letter. I never expected for
    >>> other scientist to do this to me. I thought workplace
    >>> safety was of the highest concern.
    >>> I need to find an attorney and other former employees to
    >>> file a class action lawsuit to prevent this from happening
    >>> to other laboratory workers.
    >> still sick.
    >> What ever happened to the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA);
    >> Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories
    >> (BMBL); The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) and
    >> the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act?
    >> This stuff Serenade, Bacillus subtilis, was weighed up in the
    >> hallway and a bathroom. There are NIOSH exposure limits and
    >> this proteolytic enzyme is restricted to a Class 1 containment
    >> at minimum.
    >> The company's own documents state:
    >> SerenadeTM WP was evaluated in a 4-hour, whole
    >> body, acute inhalation study in male and female Sprague-Dawley
    >> rats.The maximum concentration (MC) which could be aerosolized
    >> was 0.63 milligrams per liter (mg/L), which gave a median
    >> aerodynamic particle size of less than 0.4 . No mortality was
    >> noted during the study. Some of the clinical abnormalities
    >> noted in one or more animals were transient incidences of
    >> salvation, breathing abnormalities, decreased activity, wobbly
    >> gait, apparent hypothermia, hunched posture, decreased
    >> defecation, urine stain, decreased food consumption, and dark
    >> material around the facial area. Bwt loss was noted for three
    >> female rats (one during the 0-7 day interval, and two during
    >> the 7-14 day interval). However, this was a slight bwt loss
    >> and was not considered to be biologically significant.
    > bacillus_subtilis/bt_petition.html
    >> Here are two 1969 articles about detergent enzymes:
    >> Flindt, M. H. L., "Pulmonary Disease Due to Inhalation of
    >> Derivatives of Bacillus subtilis Containing Proteolytic
    >> Enzyme." The Lancet, (1969), pp. 1177-1181.
    >> Pepys, J. et al., "Allergic Reactions of the Lungs to Enzymes
    >> of Bacillus subtillis." The Lancet, (1969), pp. 1181-1184.
    >> When is somebody going to do something about this illegal
    >> conduct?
    >> It does not make common sense to have a mucus membrane
    >> irritant and microbiology/pesticide/insecticide/fungicide
    >> research in the same room without telling your employees about
    >> the hazard.
    >> My medical bills add up to over $500,000. I get an IV every 28
    >> days. Surely, this is not normal.

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