Have You Thought About Mail Cross-Contamination?


We don’t often think about what our mail has been next to, or touched. But the news last week about a student mailing his high school vice principal cow and dog excrement brings into question the possibility for cross-contamination on the surface of an unopened letter or package.

Many unseemly things are mailed. For example:

  • Legitimate Internet feces sending services
  • Medical Waste such as mail-back needle disposal
  • Diseased and rotting pieces of meat, skeletal remains through border smuggling
  • Sulfuric and nitric acid and other bomb making materials
  • Infectious biologics and germs between approved labs

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