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It’s alarmingly easy for terrorists to contaminate our food supply

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Back in 1984, in a rural town near Portland, Ore., a woman lurked by a salad bar at a restaurant with a plastic bag in her hands. After checking that no-one was looking, she opened the bag and emptied a brownish liquid over the food.

Her act began the first — and worst — case of bioterrorism in US history. Investigators ultimately determined that the woman and her associates had contaminated 10 salad bars in the town of The Dalles with a strain of salmonella bacteria, giving 751 patrons nausea, diarrhea, bloody stools, fever and other symptoms of severe food poisoning. – READ MORE

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