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Concern about the use of the toxin ricin as a terrorist weapon have surfaced following media reports of isolated findings and poisonings related to this substance. Ricin is a naturally occurring toxin that is found in castor beans. Ricin poisoning may occur from chewing and swallowing castor beans, and the toxic substance can also be obtained the waste material that remains after processing castor beans to produce castor oil.

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Date Of Record Release 2009-06-19 14:57:26
Description Concern about the use of the toxin ricin as a terrorist weapon have surfaced following media reports of isolated findings and poisonings related to this substance. Ricin is a naturally occurring toxin that is found in castor beans. Ricin poisoning may occur from chewing and swallowing castor beans, and the toxic substance can also be obtained the waste material that remains after processing castor beans to produce castor oil.
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Source MedicineNet
Keyword Ricin, Bioterrorism, Castor beans, Toxins, Biological warfare, Biological weapons
Date Of Record Creation 2009-06-19 14:52:51
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Date Last Modified 2009-06-19 15:52:41
Language English
Date Record Checked: 2009-06-19 00:00:00 (W3C-DTF)

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