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Outrageous Claim: Postal Managers Stored Employee Appreciation Day Food in Biohazard Refrigerator

PostalMag.com 11/28/06


It sounds too outrageous to be true, but who could make this up? (And there are photos to support the claim!)

A person has reported to PostalMag.com that food for an employee appreciation day at the Greenville, S.C. Mail Processing and Distribution Center was stored in a refrigerator designated for the facility's Biohazard Detection System (BDS). According to this person, the refrigerator contains BDS cartridges that contain a small amount of anthrax for testing the BDS system.* This person also reports that a manager at the facility ordered a mechanic to remove the BDS cartridges and place them in a regular refrigerator, leaving the food in the BDS refrigerator.

* A news item says the cartridges actually collect samples.

Related links:
- Installation of anthrax detectors at postal facilities nears end
- 2003: Ricin found at Greenville mail facility
- NALC: How the Biohazard Detection System was developed (PDF)
Email text: "This is the Biohazard Detection System refrigerator in the Greenville SC P&DC. BDS cartridges( which contain a small amount of anthrax for testing purposes ), produce and hot dogs all stored in a refrigerator dedicated to BDS. This is the food for 'employee "appreciation" day'? Maintenance Manager Mr. XXX XXXX later ordered a mechanic to remove the BDS cartridges and place them in a regular food refrigerator leaving the food in the BDS refrigerator? Pictures are attached."
Photos (click on each image to enlarge)

 

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