PBB…A threat to our health

April 12, 2018

Dear Editor,

PBB is part of my family history. I would be grateful that this letter can be used to inform others.

In 1973, there was an accident in Michigan that released a fire retardant chemical, called PBB into livestock feed. This caused contamination of food products (meat, eggs, and milk) for more than a year before it was discovered. It is the largest food contamination in U.S. history.

The Michigan Health Department transferred the registry of people exposed to PBB to Emory University (Atlanta, Georgia). Emory has been conducting research on the effects of PBB exposure. PBB can still be found in the bodies of Michiganders and health effects are evident in some children/grandchildren born years after the contamination.

To share PBB related health concerns and research, Emory University is hosting a Community Discussion in 2 Michigan locations:

Saturday, April 14, 2018 – 10:00am to 12 Noon at the Fremont Recreation Center, 201 E. Maple Street, Fremont, MI 49412 and Sunday, April 15, 2018 – 2:00pm to 4:00pm at the Evergreen Resort, 7880 Mackinaw Trail, Cadillac, MI 49601.

To learn more, contact: PBBRegistry@emory.edu, 1-888-892-0074, www.PBBRegistry.edu or www.facebook.com/PBBRegistry.

Sincerely yours,
Barbara K. Rowe

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