Feds’ press release says NOAA, FDA now testing for dispersant: Corexit ingredient DOSS found in 13 samples — Up to 500 ppm allowed in shrimp, crabs, oysters

NOAA and FDA Announce Chemical Test for Dispersant in Gulf Seafood, Press Release, October 29, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. EDT:

NOAA and FDA have developed and are using a chemical test to detect dispersants used in the Deepwater Horizon-BP oil spill in fish, oysters, crab and shrimp….

[T]o ensure consumers have total confidence in the safety of seafood being harvested from the Gulf, NOAA and FDA have added this second test for dispersant when considering reopening Gulf waters to fishing….

Only a few showed trace amounts of dispersants residue (13 of the 1,735) and they were well below the safety threshold of 100 parts per million for finfish and 500 parts per million for shrimp, crabs and oysters. As such, they do not pose a threat to human health.

The new test detects dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate, known as DOSS, a major component of the dispersants used in the Gulf. …

“The overwhelming majority of the seafood tested shows no detectable residue, and not one of the samples shows a residue level that would be harmful for humans. There is no question Gulf seafood coming to market is safe from oil or dispersant residue.” [according to Margaret A. Hamburg, Ph.D., Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration]

31 comments to Feds’ press release says NOAA, FDA now testing for dispersant: Corexit ingredient DOSS found in 13 samples — Up to 500 ppm allowed in shrimp, crabs, oysters

  • sam

    “Second test” is referring to the smell test as the 1st. Which some would argue is not really a test worth mentioning.

    The real title should read, “6 months later, a test for dispersant is developed”.

  • donna

    As someone who loves seafood, who am I to trust? Is it or is it not safe to eat?

  • maryanne jacobsen

    Donna, I wouldn’t eat the bottom dwellers-shrimp, oysters, etc. I live in southwest Florida and although my son is an avid fisherman I have been squeemish about eating anything from the gulf. He’s going out tomorrow and sadly, I pray he doesn’t catch anything!
    I also love seafood, am now very careful about what I buy. We’ve been sticking with fish caught in northern Atlantic waters, as well as Alaska and Canada.

  • TSGordon

    The regionally known fishermen should provide the EPA/FDA with 1 bushel of ‘typical’ catch in addition to public submittals, with averages weighed heavily upon the commercial portions. Then, we should see the results of 100 different samples, each from different independent labs.

    Otherwise, the message I get from this is that not a single word this government has said from day one is true.

  • xdrfox

    Need to be testing for Synthetic Microbes and altered Microbes too. … http://worldvisionportal.org/wvpforum/viewtopic.php?f=52&t=1031

  • Dixie

    Lies, Lies and more Lies!

  • xdrfox

    Nough Said …
    Gulf Seafood chain is carcinogenic. NOAA Weatherbird scientist confirm. …
    To Gulf Oil Spill on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 12:10 …

  • Olly Spill

    One the the biggest foodie websites just published a staggeringly shortsighted article about gulf seafood safety. It’d be unfortunate if their authority lead to people getting sick.


  • 500 parts per million is a lot- 1 part in 2000 or 0.2% (by weight presumably).

    Its really horrifically irresponsible to say that .2% of something like that is safe to eat. If someone spit this poison into your dinner, it would be about that much, calling it a trace amount is absurd.

  • Morocco Bama

    I haven’t touched Gulf Seafood since the spill. You’d be an idiot to do so, however, how many of you consume genetically modified organisms without even knowing it? The effects could be just as insidious, and yet they’re ubiquitous.

  • xdrfox

    Venice marina when she was shown a large grey shrimp by an irate fisherman who claimed the gills were full of hydrocarbons … PICS … http://beforeitsnews.com/story/242/739/What_does_it_say_when_fishing_families_arent_feeding_their_own_kids_what_they_catch_PICS_SHOCKING.html

  • KATE

    I live on the Atlantic coast, in Normandy, France, and even here with the oil following the gulf stream, I am not sure I still want to continue eating fish, oysters, shrimps etc. And I love seafood, and it is a pity I have to change my eating habits!!!!!!!! WHAT WE WOULD NEED TO KNOW, at least is………is there still some petroleum leaking??? are they still spraying Corexit, what is really the status of the gulf stream, AND for you over there the loop. but nobody has answers to those questions.
    When the spill started in April, I thought I would watch the sand and the water on my coast, to see tarballs, but with Corexit, there is no even this way left to check, as everything is dissolved in sa small particles. I see nothing on beaches here, but it doesn’t mean a thing.

    so, SURE, it I lived along the gulf, I wouldn’t touch anything coming from the gulf.

  • still not good enough.

    We need to know EXACTLY the electronegative potentials of the EXACT batches or ” runs ” of the constituents used, as well as whether the surfactants had an electrical charge applied during application ( this can increase emulsion stability for up to 3 years !! ) in order to better model how long DDOS micelles will persist, and also how easily they will invade fatty tissues…like skin…all this info coming out is merely a distraction from the important tech info

    ..also…stop censoring my posts questioning Ventner and cohorts…thanks.

  • donna

    I have a question. Does anyone know if the freswater fish is still safe to eat? I live in North Alabama but I have fish in my freezer now from when I recently fished in Marion, Alabama where my daughter goes to college. Marion is in South Alabama about 200 miles north of Mobile.

  • Morocco Bama

    So, wait a second. Are they spraying Corexit, or are they spraying Venter’s synthetic bacteria for which only BP and Venter have the vaccine?

  • maryanne jacobsen

    I have a feeling you are the Isaac that posts on The Oil Drum. I used to post there too until I realized it was a waste of time. You’re the guy that has a blog about the Mogi Doughnut theory, if I remember correctly. Anyhow, the link to your site doesn’t work. I would not be too sure that it is this blog’s author that is censoring you. I have discovered in recent months that there’s something in google analytics that will erase a blog comment right after it appears if it has certain words in it. Freaked me out at first. It’s supposed to be spam control, but I think it’s censorship. I’ve been censored here, too though, so maybe it is this blog’s author that is doing it. Would be nice if he would speak up and identify himself. Just adds a layer of comfort to a site that so many people are reading, especially in view of how important this info is.

  • xdrfox

    Morocco Bama
    October 30, 2010 at 10:02 am
    So, wait a second. …
    You think the may only produce 500,000,000 doses for a select ELITE few, or tell the masses they were not able to produce a vaccine ?? : | * Just a though I had when I read the article * … THE GULF BLUE PLAGUE …

  • Chelsea

    Maryanne Jacobsen, what do you know about this “Issacc” person and the information he is spamming throughout this board? From my end, what he is spamming is more scare tactics to scare an already terrifed crowd; akin to yelling fire in a room packed with claustrophobic people. The more I read of it, then less it makes sense. Please share?

    Also, in case you were wondering, no, I am not the author of this board.

  • maryanne jacobsen

    Chelsea, All I can tell you is that he seems very intelligent. Some sort of scientific mind- maybe biology or physics- not sure. He posted a lot of interesting thoughts over at The Oil Drum, which I read every single day for 4 months until I realized the site was loaded with BP shills. He mentioned an earthquake theory called The Mogi Doughnut, which I tried to follow on his blog, but it was way over my head. He wasn’t really scare-mongering , just re-canting a theory on earthquakes that had been written up in the San Francisco Chronicle, if I remember correctly. I had never seen him post here before, so I don’t know what he is posting that is scaring people. If he is questioning John Craig Ventner, I’d love to hear what he has to say. I think the man is dangerous- not Isaac, but Ventner.Playing with genomics is like trying to play God. We shouldn’t be messing with that stuff. But Morrocco Bama is right, our food supply is loaded with genetically modified food and the FDA wants to allow GM salmon! When I tried to talk about that here one day, my comment was censored. What is the fear-mongering that Isaac is spreading?

  • Dixie

    So many people do not know about these bills. There is plenty of information out there about them. Face it folks, the elites of this world will not stop until they control EVERY single aspect of our lives. They must be stopped!

    S.510 and S.3767 — Corporate control of the food supply


    Please take a moment to call your (probably useless) Senators regarding these HORRIBLE Bills, which literally could hand over control of our food supply to corporations and outlaw any dietary supplement we now take for granted!

    The Senate will probably try and sneak through S.510 with S.3767 as an add-on before the election. Please find time to call your Senators and voice your opposition to this outrageous pair of anti-human bills!!!

  • Morocco Bama

    Maryanne, you are correct about The Oil Drum. That site is a psyops, pure and simple.

  • Morocco Bama

    Why don’t we find the time to tar and feather our Senators, instead of calling them. I think it would have much greater effect. We can use the Gulf Oil as the tar.

  • Canuck

    Who would even consider believing the FDA and NOAA? They’ve lied so often already, any credibility was blown long ago.

  • maryanne jacobsen,

    You’re right. There is very definitely censoring going on at floridaoilspilllaw.com. I’m so disgusted that I rarely come to the site: if they censor bland comments, whatever else are they doing?

    After my second ‘comment’ disappeared when I depressed the “submit” button, I realized that it was done on purpose: I live on the East Coast and the censorship happened after midnight — or as some may say, on the overnight shift.

    We still have our right to free speech, and when you post very respectful comments — and a few of those disappear — you are being censored.

    Those BP boys and their psyops are very effective…

  • D. Thomas

    Seafood is not safe when it has been swimming in 200,000,000 gallons of oil + 2,000,000 gallons of toxic dispersant- droplets or blobs, it is out there.

    I can not believe the very same people that allowed the massive use of toxic dispersant! The warning label for Corexit 9527 says, “Do not contaminate surface water.”

    BP et al used Corexit to poison the Gulf ~ Lobbying is the toxin corporations have used to poison the people’s lawmakers. The combination makes a toxic soup… it can/has spread world-wide. Lawmakers and the Gulf waters need to be cleansed – we need to end lobbying and toxic dispersant.

    BP is toxic to US! Corporate Lobbying is Toxic to Democracy! We’ve all got to start thinking differently and stop buying the Corporate Owned Media LIES! END LOBBYING and Say NO to Corporate America!

  • @Chelsea

    I know you are concerned, as we all are, but when I leave a comment or 2 here every month, this really isn’t what I would consider spamming.

    The things I wrote about on my blog are the same things that are coming out in the MSM, months down the road, so I would hardly call it scare-mongering.

    The Oil Drum …well…they answered my questions, I got to talk to Cheryl Rofer, and one of the ROV operators, made some jokes, etc. The OD makes no pretenses as to who they are, but chose to have an open forum discussion, for this , I thank them.

  • Start asking questions about : emulsions, cavitation, zeta potentials, fluctuation theory ( 2nd law of thermodynamics ) etc.

    think about the fact that there was high pressure/high temperature multiphase fluid being forced past a restriction into a lower pressure ( the ocean ) fluid, with dispersant directly applied to the flow.

    I know I’ve said it before, but look up the process of ” hydrodynamic cavitation emulsion ”

    They knew exactly what they were doing.

  • Morocco Bama

    No Isaac, I’m not going to think about the things you listed, They’re a diversion into a quagmire of technicalities from which there is no escape. It only serves to obfuscate from the much larger picture, and ultimately it’s just a matter of techno-geeks bickering about technicalities and chasing their own tails. If you are inclined to seek out and engage in techno-geek circle jerks, that’s your business, but I for one, prefer to keep my eye on the ball, not the Corporatocracy’s body fakes.

    The Oil Drum is meant to bog down and obfuscate. It’s a limited hang-out and a psyops. As techno-geeks run around in circles nipping each others hind ends, the Corporate Egregore gains strength and hastens its paste towards the abyss.

  • Farm

    Morocco Bama
    October 29, 2010 at 10:47 pm
    I haven’t touched Gulf Seafood since the spill. You’d be an idiot to do so, however, how many of you consume genetically modified organisms without even knowing it? The effects could be just as insidious, and yet they’re ubiquitous.


  • @Morocco Bama

    Techno-geek circle jerk …?

    Maybe you have the wrong idea about me and what I do.

    and for the record, I no longer post at the Oil Drum because they are no longer discussing the things I am interested in, I can attribute this to people’s willingness to avoid technical conversation, understandably, multiphase fluid dynamics is not an easy subject, and highly esoteric.

    Doesn’t change the fact I’m right.

    When I read, months ago that there was ” no danger from the surfactants ” I knew it was BS from my education. Here we are a few months down the road and lo-and-behold , they announce a test for DDOS.

    Imagine that.

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