Environmental Health – August 2010
NOAA, EPA, and the FDA have recently agreed to test fish and seafood coming from the Gulf of Mexico for toxic levels of the dispersant Corexit.
“They don’t expect to find dispersant in fish but are operating out of an abundance of caution. It’s because people need more reassurance and confidence … (which are) not as controllable as you would hope.”
Christine Patrick, a spokeswoman for fisheries programs at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.
The EPA had no plans in place to test any seafood coming from the gulf, with the exception of the ‘sniff testers’. These fish sniffers are taught how to detect the smell of petroleum.
The problem is, not one scientist knows how fish marinated in Corexit would smell or taste. Some gulf marine biologists say to the best of their knowledge, Corexit does not accumulate in fish. Are they guessing? With an entire industry, and the American population to protect?
These offiicals who are trying to reassure consumers that oil and dispursant have no effect on seafood, conceeded one point. Historic quantities of Corexit were used, the underwater application of the dispersant is unique, as is the total number of gallons spilled into the gulf. There simply is not a way for these scientists to know beyond a shadow of a doubt – that they won’t find toxic chemicals.
They have to actually take samples and test them…chemically!
One Gilbert mom offered her opinion on this issue –
Some of the gulf fishermen themselves are requesting that fishing season hold off at least for awhile because he reported recently visiting one of the recently opened areas, and pulling up oil with his shrimper nets.
I don’t understand why more people aren’t upset about this fish flopping its way to a store near you!
Environmental Health August 2010 – ‘sniff test’ EPA’s way to tell if gulf fish are non-toxic
Environmental Health August 2010-American food supply…seafood marinated in BP oil, gas & Corexit
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