I’m certainly not planning on eating any Gulf shrimp, that’s for sure, despite the assurances of various government agencies that Gulf seafood is safe. Massachusetts Democrat Ed Markey is skeptical too, and has started hearings to question the government scientists, as reported by NPR:
…He also questioned officials from NOAA, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration about whether seafood being caught in the Gulf now is safe to eat. The government has opened some 31,000 square miles of waters to fishing that were closed immediately after the oil from the Deepwater Horizon well started gushing.
NOAA’s Lehr says every shrimp, crab and other fish tested by the government so far has been found to be safe.
“To date every seafood sample from reopened waters or outside of the closed area has passed sentry and chemical testing for contamination of oil dispersant,” he said. “No unsafe levels of contamination of the seafood have been found.”
But here too Markey was skeptical, noting much remained unknown, including the long-term effects of the dispersants and the oil on seafood, and on the Gulf itself.