Why does federal lab remove vein from Gulf shrimp BEFORE testing it? — 193 ppm oil and/or grease found in veins of fresh gulf shrimp (VIDEO)

URGENT: The Video NOAA and The FDA Are Afraid You’ll Watch. Lab Finds 193 ppm Oil in Gulf Shrimp, Project Gulf Impact, November 6, 2010:

“Mac” Mackenzie of NOLA Emergency Response

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TRANSCRIPT: Operational Update with Federal On-Scene Coordinator Rear Adm. Paul Zukunft, November 3, 2010:

Operator: … Your next question comes from the line of Nancy McKenzie with NOLA Emergency Response.

Nancy McKenzie: Hi, Admiral.  Thanks for taking my call.  Just out of my own curiosity, I recently bought a couple of pounds of shrimp in Venice and had the veins tested.

Paul Zukunft: Yes.

Nancy McKenzie: And they came back with 193 parts per million of oil.  And I was wondering if you could comment on that.

Paul Zukunft: OK.  Yes, no I’m not aware of that of that particular test.  I’ve been to the lab in Pascagoula where they actually do the sensory and then the chemical tests over there.  And then when I’ve seen the shrimp that’s been tested, it is deveined.  So, you know, the shrimp has been deveined and deshelled when they do the analysis. So all I can comment are the protocols that we’re using and the fact that we’re not finding any concentration of PAH in those tests.  So that’s new information and I’ll have our environmental unit follow up on that.

Nancy McKenzie: Yes, please do.  Because a lot of the people down here cook in shell and cook with veins in.  So…

Paul Zukunft: Fully aware of that.

Nancy McKenzie: All right.  Thank you very much.  I appreciate that.

Paul Zukunft: All right.  Thank you.

13 comments to Why does federal lab remove vein from Gulf shrimp BEFORE testing it? — 193 ppm oil and/or grease found in veins of fresh gulf shrimp (VIDEO)

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  • xdrfox

    Is the Gulf of Mexico safe? …

    “The amount of chemicals the EPA allows in storm water draining from a site containing salvaged cars into a body of water is 15 ppm,” he said. …

    “If the EPA won’t allow more than 15 ppm of that, why in the hell would they consider a number that is 33 times higher than that as acceptable for something you are going to put in your body? …


  • Gary


    Al Bushomma & Satan 2012

  • Thanks for your initiative and concern with regard to the important issue of Gulf Coast seafood safety.

    We noted your post of the report from Analytical Chemistry Testing Laboratory, Inc. that measured “oil & grease” at 193 parts per million in the shrimp sample they received from you.

    In the interest of clarity and providing the public with complete seafood safety information, I want to share with you and your viewers information provided to me by the Unified Area Command’s Scientific Support Coordinator that more accurately describes the lab findings.

    Oil and grease analytical methods, such as those employed to test the sample you submitted, cannot distinguish between petroleum oils and any other fatty materials including those fatty materials that naturally occur in shrimp. It is a gross measurement of, as the name implies, oil and grease, and is often employed in industrial applications such as wastewater characterization.

    The laboratory method specified (5520D) is not capable of distinguishing petroleum-sourced hydrocarbons, like crude oil, from other fatty materials, like the natural lipids found in whole shrimp. This means that any fat or non-polar compound is lumped into the 193 parts per million “oil & grease” result reported by Analytical Chemistry Testing Laboratory, Inc.

    It is also important to note that if any petroleum oil is contained within the 193 parts per million of “oil & grease,” the tests conducted by Analytical Chemistry Testing Laboratory, Inc., are not complex enough to determine if the oil came from BP’s Macondo well. To determine the origin of any petroleum oil, a gas chromatography/mass spectrometry test would be required.

    The Scientific Support Coordinator here at the Unified Area Command confirmed this with Dr. John Stein, program lead and chemist for the NOAA seafood safety program. Dr. Stein said, “The oil and grease method extracts a sample with an organic solvent, removes the solvent and weighs what is left. Thus (it is) not specific. If biogenic lipids are present they would be extracted. Thus it is not possible to interpret these results. Given that digestive tract was extracted I suspect that biogenic lipids were present.”

    With regard to the question posed to Admiral Zukunft during the Nov. 3, 2010, media briefing, I have confirmed with the Chief, Seafood Processing and Technology Policy Branch Division of Seafood Safety Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition U.S. Food & Drug Administration that Gulf Coast shrimp are whole when undergoing sensory testing.
    When chemically tested, the head and shell are discarded, but the shrimp is not deveined at any time during either sensory or chemical testing.

    Testing of Gulf Coast seafood will continue to ensure its safety, a point emphasized recently with the announcement that BP PLC has agreed to spend $78 million to test and promote Louisiana seafood, and boost tourism in the state, helping two industries hit hard by the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Rest assured, Gulf Coast seafood is the most tested in the Nation, if not the world.

    I hope this helps you and your viewers better understand seafood safety and encourages you to enjoy the bounty of the Gulf Coast.


    C. T. O’Neil
    Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Coast Guard
    Public Information Officer
    Deepwater Horizon Unified Area Command

    “This is an official United States Coast Guard posting for the public’s information. Our posting does not endorse this site or anything on it, including links to other sites, and we disclaim responsibility and liability for the site and its content.”

  • diamondog

    …got to be joking——-very scary indeed…

  • Jean

    Although I can understand what the Coast Guard officer is saying about being unable to determine the composition of the oil found in the shrimp, I still don’t believe that Gulf Coast seafood is safe. And thanks for the free BP advertising. We just haven’t heard enough about all the great things BP is doing to “make this right”.

  • xdrfox

    Eating these PAH fish, shrimp others, down the road people becoming sick with cancers will never be able to prove where it came from and they know this, blame on natural seepage from gulf. Now the Corexit is another story to become ill from but that will have been in part our own Gov. doings. Agent Orange the only thing the Gov. will admit to in birth defects is Spinal Bifia in Newborns.

  • Mark Spohn

    A few days after the deepwater disaster, I purchased 5 bags of key west shrimp from Whole Foods. If you need a control group, it’s still in my freezer.

  • They remove the shrimp vein because they want to say it is safe. GOV Inc.

    Oil is toxic and so is the dispersant that was used. There was a summer of poisoning of Americans along the Gulf of Mexico and it continues to spread with contaminated Gulf seafood; it is likely seafood outside the Gulf is contaminated as well, due to Gulf-Stream currents. It is unfathomable to think all is well just a few weeks after such an enormous disaster.

    The Gulf of Mexico was sprayed with a toxic substance than plainly says, “Do not contaminate surface water”. It is obvious US government has protected BP but maybe there is more to it. ‘We the People’ are not our government’s number one priority.

    There are many things when considered individually seem explicable or even rational, but when these things are considered collectively, they are entirely suspicious! Please read and share the facts:

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