Mailing contains tea, Equal, not anthrax brew, say officials |

Mailing contains tea, Equal, not anthrax brew, say officials

Staff Report

A mailing that could be received by Garfield County residents contains a powdery substance but no biological weapons, authorities are advising.

For that matter, it contains no calories either.

On Oct. 7, a national mailing soliciting funds for the Rett Syndrome Foundation was initiated. Inside each first-class envelope, besides the request for donation, was a packet of Equal artificial sweetener.

The county Sheriff’s Office issued an advisory on the mailing after receiving it from the Colorado Office of Preparedness, Security and Fire Safety, which originally received it from the FBI.

The advisory was issued in case one of the packages of Equal or tea accidentally breaks open, creating a concern of a possible anthrax attack or other biological agent threat.

About 17,000 pieces of mail are involved. They are being sent out by volunteers from across the country, so they have different postmarks. However, the return address for the Rett Syndrome Foundation, 9121 Piscata Way Road, #2b, Clinton, MD 20735, appears in the upper left-hand corner of the envelope, authorities said.

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