FDA Allowed Unsafe Levels of Contaminants in Seafood after BP Oil Spill, Study Finds

Filed Under: No Kidding

By National Resources Defense Council
(A Rockefeller-funded NGO)

The Food and Drug Administration seriously underestimated the cancer risk from contaminants that can accumulate in seafood when the agency allowed commercial fishing to resume in the Gulf of Mexico after the BP oil spill disaster, a new study found.

The study was published online today by the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, authored by Miriam Rotkin-Ellman and Gina Solomon of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

They found that by using flawed assumptions and outdated risk assessment methods, FDA allowed up to 10,000 times too much contamination and failed to identify risks for pregnant women and children.

Ed. Note: NOAA: Oil-contaminated fish are “safe to eat” within a few weeks. Here’s Dr. Jane Lubchenco, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, saying in August 2010 it’s all safe for us to eat, ignoring the toxic Corexit used.

Ed. Note: Here’s NOAA and the FDA in October 2010 saying that seafood is not contaminated with the toxic dispersant: Feds’ press release says NOAA, FDA now testing for dispersant: Corexit ingredient DOSS found in 13 samples — Up to 500 ppm allowed in shrimp, crabs, oysters

Also see this August 2011 report by Earth Justice, revealing that at least 5 of the 57 ingredients in dispersants approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use on oil spills are linked to cancer:  The Chaos of Clean-Up: Analysis of Potential Health and Environmental Impacts of Chemicals in Dispersant Products.

Based on these findings, NRDC today filed a petition asking FDA to protect the public, especially pregnant women, children, and people who eat a lot of seafood, by setting a standard that limits the level of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in seafood. PAHs are chemicals found in oil, industrial pollution, and urban run-off that can cause cancer, birth defects, neurological delays and liver damage.

Read more at National Resources Defense Council

4 responses to “FDA Allowed Unsafe Levels of Contaminants in Seafood after BP Oil Spill, Study Finds

  1. Do you have any idea what the geographic area of seafood contamination would be? I live in South Florida so I’m very curious about this…

  2. I had to laugh, before I opened this, I said out loud “NO KIDDING”. Then I saw what you filed it under, and had a good chuckle. @Brian: I would bet that, based on the Loop Current and migration patterns of certain types of fish, you should be very concerned. But that’s just my opinion. Perhaps you can search some of the above sources and find something in ref: your particular area of SF

  3. BP needs to be closed down!

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