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WASHINGTON -- The U. S. Postal Service today issued guidance to customers and employees concerned with the security of the U.S. Mail.
"We are taking every reasonable measure to assure the safety of our employees and customers," said John E. Potter, Postmaster General.
The Postal Service conducts recurrent and routine learning programs for its employees on safe and secure mail handling, transportation and delivery procedures.
"We will continue to work with our employees and the public to re-emphasize safe handling procedures for hazardous materials," continued the Postmaster General.
To allay fear of the unknown, a fact list with questions and answers about hazardous materials and specifically anthrax is attached. Additionally, the public can get further information at www.usps.com. Customers who have concerns about specific suspicious items of mail should contact local law enforcement agencies. The Postal Service is coordinating its efforts with the FBI, Postal Inspection Service and the Department of Health and Human Services.
"We understand the importance of America's mail to its people and the economy and we will continue to deliver our promise of safe and secure mail services," concluded Potter. "As always the security and safety of the mail is of the utmost importance and we will continue to prosecute those who violate these principles to the fullest extent of the law."
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