Is Gulf of Mexico Seafood Safe, As Government Claims?

Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone

Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone

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.

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  • dddanieljjjamesss

    Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • Havok311

    Let's feed this shrimp to the house and senate just to be sure it's safe.

  • Cashino

    yea right… they are really taking the piss now. insult to injury.

  • Ajsilver42

    http://io9.com/5617121/scientific-proof-that-the-deepwater-oil-plume-is-over-20-miles-long

    ” Of course, hydrocarbons in the plume make up only about 6 to 7 percent of the total hydrocarbons that leaked from the well. The hydrocarbons found in the plume are known as BTEX hydrocarbons after their first letters – benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene, and xylene.”

    “Although it’s not oil itself, there’s also a massive clump of its constituent chemicals moving slowly underneath (and in the air above) the Gulf of Mexico – so the damage stretches well beyond the visually obvious plume. As the researchers admit, it’s going to take months to figure out what all this means for the already damaged marine environment.”

  • Ajsilver42

    http://io9.com/5617121/scientific-proof-that-th

    ” Of course, hydrocarbons in the plume make up only about 6 to 7 percent of the total hydrocarbons that leaked from the well. The hydrocarbons found in the plume are known as BTEX hydrocarbons after their first letters – benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene, and xylene.”

    “Although it's not oil itself, there's also a massive clump of its constituent chemicals moving slowly underneath (and in the air above) the Gulf of Mexico – so the damage stretches well beyond the visually obvious plume. As the researchers admit, it's going to take months to figure out what all this means for the already damaged marine environment.”

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