Monday, May 25, 2009

Martek hexane-derived DHA manufacture may have resulted in fire?

I don't know how to verify this, but I read a report that the Kentucky State Fire Marshall confirmed that a 2003 explosion of a wastewater pretreatment facility was the result of the Martek Biosciences Corporation releasing hexane from its plant. Martek was using these chemicals to produce DHA.

While DHA is a natural ingredient found in human breastmilk that promotes eye and brain development, the Martek product is not natural, but chemically derived from dried biomass, algae, I believe.

Can anyone confirm or refute this report?

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