Posted in Health & Nutrition, Politics & Religion, Vaccinations, tagged chemicals, dumping, EPA, KSCN, Merck, PDEP, Pennsylvania, pollution, potassium thiocyanate, Settlement on December 13, 2007 |
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Merck is having a really bad week.
Today a settlement was announced with Merck with the EPA and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Merck was caught dumping potassium thiocyanate (KSCN) which reacted with the water supply and caused extensive fish kills in the Wissahickon Creek in June and caused them to stop their drinking water intake for several days and any recreational use of the creek. They also got caught dumping spent substrate and cleaning agents in August.
Merck will be paying out 1,575,000 in penalties and $10 million to put into place systems that will prevent future dangerous discharges at their facility. They will also be spending approximately $9 million for extensive environmental projects.
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Posted in Health & Nutrition, Parenting, Safety, Vaccinations, tagged alberta, anaphylactic reaction, anaphylaxis, canada, Merck, Merck Frosst, MMR II, vaccine on December 13, 2007 |
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So, I’m pretty sure most of us haven’t heard about this recall yet.
On December 12th, Alberta Canada recalled the MMR II vaccine which was distributed in Alberta after 5 patients had anaphylactic reactions to the vaccine during a vaccination campaign. All of the patients were adult, had an allergy history and have fully recovered. Clearly, however, something is amiss. Merck Frosst Canada is currently soliciting reports of any adverse reactions elsewhere.
The five cases of illness came from lot 1529U which was distributed in Alberta and has been recalled. They have also recalled two other lots which were made from the same materials: 1528U and 1680U.
And yet through it all comes the very commonly heard phrase told to parents “there is no need to worry…”
Here are some articles that address the topic:
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