Agroterrorism: Food poisoning brought to a new level

Agroterrorism: Food poisoning brought to a new level

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Poison expert Dr. Jerrold Leikin reveals the history and nature of agroterrorism, or how the human food supply has been used as a weapon to launch a multitude of toxins. Dr. Leikin talks about our vulnerabilities and describes some horrific biological, chemical and radiological food contamination events.He tells of the numerous valiant food employees who have been “the first non-clinical professionals to identify and respond to incidences of agroterrorism.”

Dr. Leikin is currently Director of Medical Toxicology at NorthShore University HealthSystem-OMEGA and also Associate Director of the Toxicon Consortium based at Cook County Hospital. In addition, he is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine and Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at Rush Medical College.

Dr. Leikin served as co-editor of both the Poisoning and Toxicology Handbook (CRC Press) and the American Medical Association Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Care. House. He is currently on staff at seven hospitals, five medical schools and three poison centers.

Recorded live on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at the Chicago History Museum.