“Cancer-causing” tar balls can “work their way up the food chain” to humans via tuna, mahi mahi, wahoo

Scientists monitor crucial seaweed for tar, Sarasota Herald, September 12, 2010:


The cancer-causing hydrocarbons in tar balls also can work their way up the food chain into fish that land on dinner plates at home, such as tuna, mahi mahi and wahoo. …

[T]ar balls never really become safe, said Michael Hirshfield, chief scientist at the environmental group Oceana.

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