The Obama administration is mounting a new push to contain Syria’s use of chemical weapons, asserting this week for the first time before an international panel that Damascus is obliged to destroy its legal stocks of chlorine and other industrial toxic chemicals. Read more here. This emphasis underscores why food industry executives should be concerned about the industrial chemicals that are ubiquitous in food processing, because if used improperly or diverted these chemicals can be used to contaminate product or harm personnel or the public. Ammonia and chlorine are of particular concern; ammonia refrigeration systems and chlorine sanitation systems are found in many food processing plants. Not surprisingly, these systems usually are located near where food is being processed. Read more on chemicals in the food business here.