BP Seafood Snafu, WKRG, October 12, 2010:
BP's media event to show Gulf seafood is safe may do little quash concerns of those who are skeptical. ... In an effort to show Gulf seafood is safe, Chief Operating Officer Mike Utsler enjoyed a seafood spread from the Lighthouse Restaurant in Bayou La Batre. ...
When News Five asked the restaurant where today's lunch came from we found out it isn't exactly what BP had promoted.
The crab claws, which were bought from a local distributor, were shipped in from Baltimore, Maryland. The mullet was caught in Florida. The oysters came from Texas and Florida. And, the shrimp, though it is local, was caught before the oil spill, then frozen and served up daily.
"Nobody knows what the long term effects are going to be," said a waitress at the restaurant. "If you have stuff that's from before the spill you know it's good or as good as it ever was, so that's what you'd want to be eating," she said.