What’s the deal with our food being constantly held for hostage? First, it’s Michelle Obama and now it’s the terrorists! This is seriously no laughing matter as it could be potentially devastating.
This is not a specific plot but it’s been revealed as an idea that is being bumped around by Al Qaeda. Buffets and salad bars are particular targets being discussed as it would be an easy opportunity to slip cyanide and ricin into the foods.
Manuals and videos on jihadist websites explain how to easy it is to make both poisons.
“Initially it would look very much like food poisoning,” said St. John’s University professor of pharmaceutical sciences Dr. Susan Ford.
She showed how little of each poison could be fatal by putting a small amount of poison in cups.
Armen Keteyian: Are these dosages enough to really harm someone or kill someone?
Susan Ford: Yes, these are 250 milligrams and that is the fatal dose.
Keteyian: So just that much sodium cyanide is enough to kill me?
Ford: Yes, it is.