Previous Investigations

Some of Andrew Schneider’s published investigative reports include:

The Nanotech Gamble Nanotechnology has long been hyped for its potential to cure diseases, ease energy problems, supercharge our computers and more. But increasing evidence shows that the engineered particles could pose a giant risk to the environment and human lives.

To read the rest of the Nanotech Gamble stories from this investigation, go to:

Regulated or Not, Nano Foods are Coming to a Store Near You. (PDF – 2010 to present  AOL News)

As part of an eight-story investigation for AOL News, Schneider examined the burgeoning use of nano particles in food and beverage and the act that little, if any, is tested for  health hazards.

The Dangers of Diacetyl (2008- present)

Diacetyl is a chemical butter flavoring commonly found in microwave popcorn. Government worker safety investigators have linked diacetyl exposure to the sometimes fatal destruction of the lungs of hundreds of workers in food production and flavoring factories. Yet it can be found in thousands of products.

Honey Laundering (2008)

The honey business is plagued with international intrigue, where foreign hucksters and shady importers sometimes rip off conscientious packers with Chinese honey diluted with cheap sugar syrup or tainted with illegal antibiotics.

Asian Honey, Banned in Europe, Is Flooding U.S. Grocery Shelves

A third or more of all the honey consumed in the U.S. is likely to have been smuggled in from China and may be tainted with illegal antibiotics and heavy metals.  A Food Safety News investigation has documented that millions of pounds of honey banned as unsafe in dozens of countries are being imported and sold here in record quantities.

Use of meat glue goes far beyond meat
Every day, millions of Americans are likely putting something in their mouths that contains a substance called “meat glue” by critics of the food industry. The additive with the unappetizing nickname is used to produce meats found in supermarkets, in local delis and in restaurants ranging from fast food to fine dining. Even vegetarian food isn’t exempt…Read More

Uncivil Action (1999 – present)
Tiny Libby, Mont., depended for years on the jobs at a vermiculite mine. Hundreds of former miners, their wives and children, and other townspeople have either died or been diagnosed with fatal illness from asbestos the mine released into the air.

Shark Fin Soup: War of Culture, Politics, Business (2011)

USDA May Be Ready to Tackle Other Lethal E. coli Strains.  (2010)

For years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has ignored dramatic proof that several unregulated strains of E. coli contaminate America’s meat supply.

THE POWER TO HARM: A Record of Abuses in Wenatchee– First of five parts
Monday, February 23, 1998

An Air That Kills coverAN AIR THAT KILLS: How the Asbestos Poisoning of Libby, Montana, Uncovered a National Scandal
In this book, journalists Andrew Schneider, winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, and David McCumber, a Pulitzer finalist, tell the chilling story of the most outrageous corporate health scandal in U.S. history. This is the true story, by the journalists who broke it, of a small Montana town devastated by a vermiculite mine owned by the profit-hungry W.R. Grace & Co.
Grace — and the Zonolite Company before it — hid the risks of its mining business for more than 60 years. Toxic dust contaminated with lethal asbestos fibers poured out of the mine for decades, poisoning the men who worked there, the families they went home to and the town that grew around in. In one year alone, more than two-and-a-half tons of asbestos fibers were released into the Libby air every day. So far, far more than 400 people in Libby have died from asbestos-related diseases and thousands more have been sickened. And the death toll keeps climbing. But the outrage doesn’t end there. Vermiculite ore from Libby was shipped around the nation — and the world — and used in potting soil, attic insulation and fireproofing materials. An estimated 30 million homes in the U.S. and Canada have potentially lethal insulation from Libby in their attics. And when the World Trade Center towers collapsed on 9/11, they released asbestos fibers from Libby into the air of lower Manhattan.

AN AIR THAT KILLS, says author Ken Auletta, “will make your blood boil.” And not just over the actions of the mine owners. Schneider documented in a chilling paper trail that the town was left to die by every branch of every government charged with making sure that something like this doesn’t happen. But the book will also give you hope by explaining how a former cowboy and barmaid teamed up with two hippies and a geek to take on the Bush White House, bring help and Libby and put Grace executives on trial for their actions.

An updated digital version of An Air That Kills with extra photos and dozens of complete key government and W.G. Grace documents will be release in Spring 2013. .