The New York Times reports on a new independent analysis showing that Islamic State has used chemical weapons, including chlorine and sulfur mustard agents, at least 52 times on the battlefield in Syria and Iraq since it swept to power in 2014. Earlier this week, we reported on an accidental case of carbon monoxide poisoning in the U.S., noting that carbon monoxide is one of the poisonous gases ISIS has used, and such a chemical weapon could be used in this country. 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 (see more HERE). At present, more than one-third of those chemical attacks have come in and around Mosul, the Islamic State stronghold in northern Iraq, according to the assessment by the IHS Conflict Monitor, a London-based intelligence collection and analysis service. The IHS conclusions, which are based on local news reports, social media and Islamic State propaganda, mark the broadest compilation of chemical attacks in the conflict.  READ MORE