UDT makes ricin detection equipment available for food industry

Universal Detection Technology, a company that develops early-warning monitoring technology to protect people against bioterrorism and infectious health threats, has made its detection equipment available to the food service and hospitality industry.

The gesture is in response to the recent report that the al Qaeda group that was responsible for a toner-cartridge bomb attack in October may consider spreading poisons like cyanide and ricin via buffets and salad bars in U.S. restaurants and hotels.

UNDT’s ricin detection equipment is able to identify the deadly toxin in liquids or solids in as little as three minutes, according to a statement by the company.

“The threat from Al-Qaeda to poison food and salad bars is very alarming,” Jacques Tizabi, CEO of Universal Detection Technology, said. “In response to this threat, we have made our equipment available to the Food Service industry in addition to our existing user base which is traditionally first responders and the military.”

UNDT supplies these detection kits to first responders both throughout the United States and internationally.

Ricin is a toxin made from the waste of castor bean processing. As little as 500 micrograms of ricin can kill an adult if inhaled. It has been used as a biological weapon in the past and remains a threat because it is so easily produced.