Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Study: FDA Allowed Oil-Tainted Seafood Onto Market

A peer-reviewed study released this week has concluded that the government’s safety testing methodologies for Gulf of Mexico seafood were insufficient to prevent oil-tainted animals from being sold in U.S. supermarkts.

Produced by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and published in the journal Environmental Health Perspective, the study concludes that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) used outdated risk assessment techniques when evaluating the safety of gulf seafood in the wake of the worst accidental oil spill in human history.

Ultimately, the FDA was responsible for allowing food with “10,000 times too much contamination” than should be permitted, the study’s authors said, failing to highlight the elevated risk to children and pregnant women.

And consider the recent grounding of the cargo ship Rena off the coast of New Zealand and the health concerns about the relatively small amount of fuel oil that has leaked from the vessel as opposed to the Gulf of Mexico Disaster. One must assume that sea creatures in the Gulf are not safe to consume unless PROVEN otherwise. At present the analysis above indicates a huge public health hazard.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 19th, 2011.]

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