Martek Biosciences, Infant Formula and the Toxic Solvent Hexane – a NaturalNews Investigation

Martek Biosciences, Infant Formula and the Toxic Solvent Hexane – a NaturalNews Investigation
In 2003, an explosion occurred downstream from the Martek Biosciences manufacturing facility where hexane is used to extract DHA used in infant formula products. Hexane is a highly explosive chemical, and a Kentucky State Fire Marshal concluded it was the release of hexane from the Martek manufacturing facility that caused the explosion.

As contained in SEC documents on the public record (http://www.secinfo.com/dsvRq.2178.d.htm):

COLUMBIA, MD, April 8, 2003 – Martek Biosciences Corporation (Nasdaq: MATK), today announced that it has received a report from the Office of the Kentucky State Fire Marshal that concluded that the explosion that occurred in March, 2003 at a wastewater pretreatment facility in Winchester, KY resulted from the introduction of n-hexane, a class I flammable liquid, into the local sanitary sewer system. The Fire Marshal’s report did not rule out other possible contributors to the explosion.

Martek utilizes n-hexane in its production process at the Company’s plant in Winchester, KY, and the Fire Marshal has concluded that inadvertent discharges of hexane from Martek’s plant had resulted in elevated levels of n-hexane in the sewer system. Martek has taken measures to insure that no further n-hexane is emitted into the sewer system. Production at the facility has not been negatively affected by these events.

In other words, Martek released volumes of hexane that were sufficient to cause an explosion. This brings up the question: What is this company doing with all those explosive chemicals in the first place?

The answer, by the way, is even more incendiary than the chemical itself: They’re making oils for infant formula!

Permission to pollute
Martek is also on the record applying for permission to pollute hexane from the Commonwealth of Kentucky Division of Air Quality. As shown on this Google search of a PDF document (http://209.85.173.104/search?q=cach…), Martek agreed to limit hexane emissions to less than 10 tons per year in order to avoid the classification of a “major source” for Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs).

The document also explains how Martek processes DHA using hexane: (bold added)

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~ by sunil khemaney on May 23, 2009.

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