posted on Jul, 13 2014 @ 09:36 AM
My husband works for a company that produces animal vaccines, so they have level 2 containment and plenty of nasty stuff on-site. The only reason
their labs aren't higher is because the stuff they work with isn't, for the most part, likely to infect humans or it's stuff that has common
treatments available for it. However, it still poses a risk, so they have to treat it with kid gloves both for their own sake and because of
established protocol developed by, among other watchdogs, the CDC - the CDC calls it the Select Agents Program. They have to convince them (CDC) that
the things the CDC has decided are dangerous are being properly handled and contained as per CDC-established rags.
I sent him the article on the CDC failures, and I will quote him:
"Yes, if my company did something like this it would be a sh*******rm. And you can quote me on that. CDC and DOT have zero tolerance for stuff like
this with the private sector."
When they decide to send samples to other facilities, ironing out the particulars can take months to resolve to determine what level of shipping
classification it needs regardless of how dangerous or not it is.
So I guess the question is, who watches the watchdogs? Because it certainly seems that they aren't taking their own rules to heart.