Law Firm Challenges Seafood Safety Claims, Best of New Orleans, December 6, 2010:
Toxicologist William Sawyer says the independent tests looked for hydrocarbons in range C17-C35, for which NOAA and the FDA have not tested. Sawyer says those agencies are not using certified lab methods, while NOAA and the FDA insist the sensory (or "sniff") tests are sufficient. The C17-C35 hydrocarbons, according to Sawyer, can impact liver and kidney function.
"The gap (in testing) is rather serious," Sawyer says. "The hydrocarbons ... have almost no volatility. They can't be detected by nose, not even by a bloodhound."