I also like ricin gravy, or ricin fried chicken.
At least two separate parcels addressed to the Pentagon, were intercepted at the federal government mail processing facility in Bridgewater, New Jersey, after the packages triggered Alarms indicating contamination with the deadly toxin, Ricin.
The envelopes were detected on Monday, said Colonel Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman. The Pentagon’s Force Protection Agency responded to the incident and the FBI will conduct further tests on the packages, officials told reporters. FBI is the lead agency on the case.
All mail delivered to the Pentagon on Monday has been quarantined for inspection.
Ricin is a highly toxic substance extracted from castor beans, and has figured prominently as a bio-weapon in a number of foiled terrorist plots.
The most recent incident involving ricin-laced mail in Washington, DC was in April 2013, when a Mississippi man mailed envelopes with the toxin to Senator Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) and President Barack Obama.
The remote mail facility in Bridgewater, New Jersey was set up after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the subsequent anthrax scare, to ensure that letters and packages can be screened for dangerous substances before they enter the Pentagon or any other federal government building in Washington, DC. Even legal filings destined for the Supreme Court, must first go through this same screening facility.
There is no treatment and no cure for Ricin exposure.
If Ricin gets into the human body, via inhalation or via the blood, the existence of the toxin interrupts protein production in cells causing red blood cells to rupture. When the red blood cells rupture, they cannot transport oxygen.
Once a person is exposed via inhalation or blood, their blood cells INSTANTLY begin rupturing and symptoms of oxygen deprivation appear within 6-12 hours. As more and more cells rupture, the person becomes critical within 36 hours, and absolutely, positively, dies within 72 hours. Nothing known to mankind can stop it.
The only known cases where a person survived Ricin have been after they accidentally ingested some of it. The acid in the stomach serves to dissolve some of the toxin, and the intestines seem to contain much of the rest. Thus, persons who accidentally ingest small amounts, have survived, but only after "brutal" gastro-intestinal upset.