"Gulf Seafood Tested for Oil But Not Dispersant"

"Before a fillet of grouper, fresh oyster or piece of shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico lands in the grocery seafood aisle, state and federal agencies have weighed in on its safety.

Inspectors from the Food and Drug Administration pull seafood right from the dock or from the distributor floor and subject it to lab tests to rule out the presence of harmful chemicals found in oil spewing from the BP spill.

However, no one is testing seafood to tell whether it has absorbed the toxic compounds found in the nearly 1.8 million gallons of dispersants BP has poured into the water to break up the oil."

Laura Green reports for the Palm Beach Post July 13, 2010.

SEE ALSO:

"Oil Hasn't Hit South Atlantic, But Its Effects on Business Reverberate Already" (Washington Post)

"Voices of the Gulf: Biloxi Quieted by Spill Anxiety" (Houston Chronicle)

"Oil Spill’s Impact on Gulf Seafood Remains Uncertain" (New York Times)

"Gulf Seafood Must Pass the Smell Test" (Washington Post)

"Fishing Embargo Is Within 30 Miles of Texas" (Houston Chronicle)

"NOAA: Gulf Seafood Tested So Far Is Safe To Eat" (AP)

"Sniffing Out the Oil" (Los Angeles Times)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010