terial contamination will be found. For example, the company had a situation in the greater metropolitan area with part of its water coming from the Metropolitan Water District, which changed its disinfection to chloramines. Free chlorine was going in from the company’s wells, and part of the system ended up without chlorine, leading to bacterial problems. Planning activities are going on underground, yet nobody knows exactly what the cause is.

Dr. Macler explained that the problem is that the Food and Drug Administration does not have the resources to ensure that standards are being met. It is behind EPA in terms of regulations actually on the books. He pointed out that the requirement is for pathogenic microorganisms, not bacteria or other microorganisms that are nonpathogens. Pasteurized milk and water have organisms in them that will grow but are not considered pathogenic.

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