Shrimp tested by toxicologist “would be in violation and wouldn’t be on the market” if Feds used standards set for previous oil spills


Questions linger about seafood safety, but FDA says consumers have little to fear, Press Register, November 28, 2010:

William Sawyer, a Florida-based toxicologist, said the current FDA protocol allows much higher concentrations of PAHs than the government used for the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989 and other previous oil spills. He said some shrimp caught off the coast of Florida and privately tested had toxins that were at 40 percent of the FDA’s level of concern.

Applying the same analysis but using the old levels, he said, those shrimp “would be in violation and wouldn’t be on the market."

[Bob Dickey, director of the FDA’s Gulf Coast Seafood Laboratory on Dauphin Island] said the FDA has revised its protocol based on better science and improved understanding of how petroleum toxins react with the body.

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