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For Immediate Release

May 12, 2000
Contact: Elizabeth Isham Cory
Phone: 847-294-7849

KANSAS CITY, May 12, 2000 The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed to assess a $53,000 civil penalty against American Ingredients Company, Kansas City, Missouri, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The case involves one shipment, consisting of a five-gallon plastic drum, that American Ingredients allegedly offered to Federal Express on or about May 5, 1999, for transportation by air from Kansas City International Airport to Hayward, California.

The five-gallon drum of isobutyl isobutyrate, a flammable liquid, bore a standard overnight shipping label, but was allegedly not accompanied by a shipper’s declaration of dangerous goods or an appropriate shipper’s certificate. The drum was allegedly not marked with the proper shipping name or identification number of the hazardous material it contained, and allegedly did not contain a flammable liquid label.

A Federal Express ramp agent noticed a label indicating that the shipment contained a hazardous material while sorting packages at the company’s sort center in Fort Worth, Texas.

In addition, American Ingredients Company allegedly failed to make emergency response information immediately available for use at all times the hazardous material was present, and allegedly failed to ensure that each of its hazmat employees was properly trained.

American Ingredients Company will have 30 days from its receipt of the FAA’s Civil Penalty Letter to respond to the allegations.

This announcement is made in accordance with the FAA’s practice of releasing information to the public on newly issued enforcement actions involving penalties of $50,000 or more.


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