Paper: Current situation with Gulf seafood safety is “intolerable”

Settle seafood question now, The Advertiser (Lafayette, LA), December 21, 2010:

The current situation, in which the federal government assures us that Gulf seafood is safe while critics make sound arguments to the contrary, is intolerable…

While the government is passing out BP penalty money, it should undertake a more comprehensive look at possibility of contamination. …

A report in The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune summarized the objections of one New Orleans toxicologist: The federal tests could detect too narrow a range of pollutants; they underestimate the amount of seafood eaten locally, using the high end of national data; and they assume that the average person weighs 176 pounds, so the effects on children are underestimated.

These aren’t minor flaws.

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