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    Re: Agraquest got an employee sick

    Posted by Dave on 8/10/05

    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.

    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

    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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