CLEVELAND – The Federal Emergency Management Agency, has confirmed that hundreds of Ohio emergency services were exposed to a potentially deadly toxin while training at a FEMA facility in Alabama.
The federal agency released a statement Wednesday saying that they had received no reports of illness as a result of the exposure to ricin.
Ricin is a poison found naturally in castor beans kills cells by preventing them from making proteins. Exposure to the toxin can lead to death.
The staff at the FEMA facility accidentally bought high toxicity of ricin, which was used in nine sessions will start in 2011.
FEMA officials say 121 Ohio, the safety of the public and organisations have sent about 400 people to train in the building in question since that time. Not all were exposed to the ricin.