Members of an offshoot of the same eco-terrorist group that recently took credit for bombings say their new threats of food poisoning are not meant to hurt anyone, they’re just moving on to economic sabotage.
So far they’ve generated a lot of reaction just by showing how they would poison various food and beverage items produced by four major companies. They reportedly place their plans on thumb drives and then deliver them to their targets.
So far targets include Coca-Cola, Nestle, Unilever and Delta. In response to the threats by the Greek eco-anarchy group that calls itself FAI/IRF, the companies have withdrawn certain products from an area of Greece. FAI/IRF, which likely grew out of Italy’s informal Anarchist Federation (FAI), shows how it could poison products with chlorine and hydrochloric acid while leaving packaging intact.
FAI/IRF says the threat period begins today, Dec. 22, and will last for two weeks. They promise to leave the products alone and poison free after Jan. 5, 2017.
The Hellenic Food Authority or EFET, is working with Greek Police. They are warning consumers in and around Attica to not eat or drink any of the targeted products. Attica is a historical region that encompasses the city of Athens, the capital of Greece. The historical region is centered on the Attic peninsula, which projects into the Aegean Sea.
Among the products being voluntarily withdrawn from the market are Coca-Cola Light, Delta fresh milk, Nestle’s peach and lemon iced teas, and Unilever’s Caesar salad dressings.
Greek authorities say the country’s anti-terrorism agency has taken over the investigation of the food poisoning threat. The food companies that have pulled products from the grocery shelves say they cannot provide further comment, but are taking actions to protect consumers.
As for the eco-terrorists, they claim they can poison products without breaking seals.
“Our goal is economic sabotage, not the poisoning of any unsuspected person,” FAI/IRF said in a statement.
The four companies that withdrew products were named in the FAI/IRF statements. The eco-anarchists claim to be opposed to both capitalism and Marxism. They contend in their statement that Coke profits from “forced labor” in China and Nestle is “held responsible” for the death of 1.5 million children in the third world. No substantiation was provided for either claim.
While Coke and Nestle responded to similar threats in 2013, eco-terrorists do not usually poison food. The only large scale event to poison in the United States occurred in 1984 when two top lieutenants of the cult leader Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh dropped Salmonella into the salad bars of 10 local restaurants in The Dalles, an area along the Columbia River in Oregon.
They were successful in poisoning 751 people, filling hospitals from The Dalles to Portland in the largest bioterrorism attack in U.S. history. The motive of followers of the Bhagwan in poisoning people from The Dalles was to keep them from voting in a county election, which the cult hoped to win. Two Bhagwan lieutenants were convicted after the FBI found the pathogen in the cult’s medical clinic. They each served 29 months in prison for convictions of attempted murder and assault.
Since 9/11, the U.S. government has recognized eco- or bioterrorism as a threat to the food supply. Most recently, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law by President Obama in January 2011, includes new procedures for food companies to follow to protect against the “intentional adulteration” of food.
FAI and its factions got their start about 15 years ago in Italy, but since about 2012 have moved on to new areas, including Greece. EKAM or the Greek Special Anti-Terrorist Unit will now have to pick up where Italian authorities left off.
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