Feds: Drinking a cup of CRUDE OIL “unlikely to have long-lasting health effects”

Clean-up workers risk health problems from oil spill, Reuters, June 22, 2010:

Health and Human Services Department officials told a Congressional hearing that little is known about the health impacts on people of oil spills.

The oil itself is irritating but not especially dangerous to touch or even swallow, Dr. John Howard of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told a hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions last week.

"Swallowing small amounts (less than a coffee cup) of oil will cause upset stomach, vomiting, and diarrhea, but is unlikely to have long-lasting health effects," he said.

6 comments to Feds: Drinking a cup of CRUDE OIL “unlikely to have long-lasting health effects”

  • jec

    And this was personally tested by Dr. Howard and his family members? Or by other HHS Directors? Or just by the "small" people of the Gulf? How sick were the cleanup workers in Alaska when they died by age 51? Is 51 the NEW 80 for the oil cleanup workers and the citizens of the Gulf of Mexico? I guess that is a new way to save on the cost of Medicare! HHS needs to be careful of unproven statements--where is the science behind the comment? "Unlikely" is not in many scientific studies--maybe in one 1989 one talking about dangers of oil spills in Alaska. Tell that to the herring, a fishery which has almost disappeared.

  • Anon

    Perhaps the committee should require that he stand there and drink a few cups to prove the accuracy of his statement !

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