The "pesticide" compound is aluminum phosphide
, which reacts with water to produce phosphine
, the actual cause of the controversy. Rates of death due to it is on the order of several dozens (including whole families
), typically due to someone (usually an immigrant, judging from the mentioned cases on the show) going overkill with fumigating his place with the stuff before taking a week or two off in another city, though sometimes it's due to the victims themselves being ignorant of the substance's lethal byproduct. Sadly, it's suspected that a lot more cases go unreported or even mis
reported as simply "food poisoning" due to similarity of symptoms.
To put this "pesticide"'s lethality in perspective, 1 milligram of aluminum phosphide reacted with water produces 1 gram of phosphine. No more than 0.3 parts per million is enough for the onset of poisoning. A single gram
of phosphine — about one tablet — is enough to kill 3
people. One of the guys who assisted with the documentary — Waleed Fetayhi, the founder of Jeddah International Medical Center — revealed that a package containing about 9,600 kilo
grams of phosphine were confiscated a month ago (persumably by the Saudi authorities); that's enough to kill over 28 million people
. Oh, and apparently the Food and Agriculture Organization issued strong warnings against any use of aluminum phosphide for any
purpose because, in their words, "the only reason for its use would be to exterminate any and all forms of life in the targeted area".
This isn't a pesticide, guys. This is a goddamn bio-weapon of terrorism and mass destruction
. And it's sold like no tomorrow throughout the country! God, I want to go back in time and kill the motherfucking idiot who invented this thing!
edited 6th Mar '14 4:40:29 PM by MarqFJA