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FDA: Coffee conteminated

WASHINGTON (A-While the the price of coffee to the ducing countries earlier this
price of coffee was doubling last American consumer." month in Dallas and Houston to
year, more than 70 million "We don't like to deal with discuss ways of dlaning tpz
pounds of green coffee beans delayed coffee," says an ex- coffee shipments.c
entering the United States were ecutive for General Foods, Among coffee-producing coun-
found to contain insects, mold, maker of Maxwell House. When tries, some of the worst offend-
rodent droppings and other con- a shipment is detained by the ers are the Philippines, Maaa-
tamninants. FDA, substitute coffee must be gascar and Nigeria, according
Thousands of pounds already found and this often means pay- to FDA figures.,
in this country also were seized ing more for lower quality, he The FDA provided the follow-
by the Food and Drug Adminis- says. ing breakdown of the total 4341
traion (FDA) after inspectors COFFEE IS ONE of the most shipments that were detaned]
found them being stored and frequently detained of all im- at U.S. ports last year:
shipped under unsanitary condi-1 ported foods, an FDA official O Insects, alive or dead, were'
tions. One batch contained hu- says,tbutthe is quick to point found in 226.rg b
.,Aman feces. ot that the volume of coffee 0 Beans were damaged by,
- insects in 68.
MOST OF the contaminated imports is larger than most e in 68.
coffee, whether it was detained o her foods. b moldlyor deomposedrine66.
i at ports like New York, New The total number ofdeten- o des d in
Orleans and San Francisco, or tions and seizures, as reflected 0 Rodent filth was found in
seized after it had made its way in statistics made available by 32 Tr
into interstate commerce, was the FDA, represented only a 0 The remainder were seized-
ultimately released for con- fraction of the 2.6 billion monds for a variety of reasons, includ-t
{ stmption after it had been of coffee that entered the United ing oil stained bags and the
Stpan fe i a e s latyer presence of insecticides.
cleaned under FDA supervision. StaHowever, the.FDA official es--
I.kcan aw YurFigures provided by the Na- timates that only 15 to 20 per
tional Coffee Association show, cent of coffee shipments enter-! Sv ets
AAmericand for example, that it costs about ing this country actually are in-
$6 to recondition a 132-pounadspected.
a 1 bag of coffee containing nsects, STATISTICS FOR other food -e
a cost which ultimately 1s pass- items are not available. The dssid2en1t
executives say this added cost as part of a' specialrFDA study
"is not a significant factor in aimed at finding solutions to' MOSCOW (Reuter)-The offi-
the problem. cial Soviet news agency, Tass,:
The problem of unsanitary cof- last night denounced Nobel
fee entering this country is a peace laureate Andrei Sakharov
growing one, according to gov- as a renegade and said U.S.T
ernment and industry orficials, in ervention in his support con-I
I but they don't know whether, stituted slander against the So-t
,PERit's due to an actual increase in viet Union.
sfilth or expanded coverage by The Kremlin agency also de-
FDA inspectors. The problem clared that calls for the Sovieti
N,5 has caused enough concern so Union to observe the humani-t
that FDA officials met with tarian sections of the Final Actc
E *representatives of coffee-pro- of the Helsinki European se-
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Court documents and inter-
views with FDA officials turned
up the following instances cf
contaminated coffee:
O A shipment of 500 bags of
Mexican c o f f e e aboard the
Texas and Pacific Railroad was
found to contain human waste,
probably left by a hobo.
* A shipment of 333 bags of
Ethiopian coffee owned by the
Folger Coffee Co. and stored at
the Pacific Oriental Terminal
Co., in San Francisco was found.
to contain "bird excreta."
Most of those 10,000 bags were
reconditioned at a plant in Jer-
sey Ci'y, N.J. "The bags were
vacuumed and contents dropped
into a conveyor and from there
a tumbler to remove dust, ' an
FDA document says. About 80
bags could not be salvaged and
were taken to a dump at S-c:au-
cus, N.J.

Police escort
Dallas police officers assist a young man across police lines yesterday as extra officers
_uicofrnc1ee1atof w rJcle ___to._ lp it a uruy.o a aiting.....ito......ny.. ic e.ts to an... upcom..3w. ing 17. _-

curity conference were }cart of; were called in to help with an unruly crowd waiting to buy tickets to an upcoming Led Zep-
a general anti-Soviet campaign. pelin rock concert. A few minor injuries were reported.
This campaign, commenrator.- ---_-_-
Yury Kornilov wrote, "is v an-
ned from the territory of the
United States from unified ce
ters by certain agencies which
have a direct relationship to
'he organization of subver.,jve
ideological and other actions in'iatio0 s energyproblem1 spread
the USSR and other countries
of eastern Europe."
The Tnss commentary follow- (Continued from Page 1) for another month. The wind UTILITIES REPORTED they
e~d a State D~nartment state- . Subzero temperatures were Ichill factor sent temperatures were keeping up with the ex-
ment on Thnattrnl cri- commonzfrom te norther early yes, erday to 80 below cessive customer demand, and
iniing Moscow for wnt it plains to the Great Lakes, Ohio zero in Northern Illinois and Detroit Edison reported a rec-
called a'temots to intmi late Va'ley and Appalachians, and 100 below in Minnesota. ord kilowatt production for the
Sakharov who was officially: single digit readings were re- The National Guard was out day. A fuel oil shortage in
warned earlier this week to corded regularly along the At- in Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Sault Ste. Marie was com-
halt his "slanderous activities." lantic Coas. as far south as Michigan and New York, trying pounded by the stranding of
Kornilov accused Western re- Delaware. to keep stalled traffic moving two tankers in Lake Huron car-
porters in Moscow of "stirring THE WINTER freeze held and rescuing motorists from rying fuel to the Upper Penin-
lnp the theme of dissidents" and # sway as far south as northern stranded vehicles. sula city.
declared this was "gross inter- Florida and across the Gulf IN HARD-HIT upstate New i State officials also kept an
ference in the affairs of the Coast to central Texas. York, at least seven persons eye on federal proposals to re-
Soviet Union," which was in The National Weather Service! died in the Buffalo area in a allocate natural gas supplies to
'itself a viola' ion of the Helsinki said the "unmerciful" tempera- paralyzing blizzard that was ac- Istates with energy crises.
accord. tures would be below normal companied by icy winds, blind-;k
-. -----.~ --.- .-. .. ----- - -ing snow and below zero cold. Gov. William Milliken said
he would be willing to share
At Michigan's borders several Michigan's relatively abundant
NGH smajor freeways, including Inter-!gas supply, but only if it was
state 75, Interstate 94 and U.S- I needed to h e a t top-priority
T23, were closed. Numerous other users such as homes and hos-
roads were sealed off because of pitals. He said he would fight
severe drifting. Multiple-car ac-I any attempt to take Michigan
cidents kept law enforcement gas for businesses elsewhere.
1 G j \ 9 agencies over-worked through-
out the day. 4 PUBLIC SERVICE Commis
Hundreds of activities sche- sioner William Ralls echoe
duled for the weekend, many Milliken's stand and urged Con
with ironic wintry themes, were gress to pass emergency legis
cancelled.rCollege and profes- lation protecting business ga
" " } sional sports events also werej supplies in the state.
rescheduled. "It wouldn't be fair for nat-
ural gas diverted from Mich-
igan to another state to be
used for commercial or indus-
if trial purposes. In my opinion,
that wouldn't make any sense,"
7 days & 7 nights at Holiday Inn on the Beach Ralls said in a telegram to
FRI.,youReps. John Dingell (D-Mich.),
RMARCH 4th to SAT., MARCH 12th who heads a House subcommit-
Quad occupancy (Double occupancy available) I see >,-,tee studying energy legislation.
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