State of Louisiana: You can eat 1,500+ jumbo Gulf shrimp A DAY and not exceed FDA contamination levels


Louisiana state officials confirm seafood safety; state has tested more than 1,000 composite samples of Louisiana seafood since start of BP oil spill, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, February 10, 2011:

The average consumer could eat 63 pounds of shrimp each day for five years before reaching the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) “levels of concern” for oil contamination according to Louisiana state officials. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced today that levels of contaminants being found in Gulf seafood are so low that the average consumer would have to consume extreme amounts of seafood before approaching a level that approaches a health risk, according to the FDA.

State officials with LDWF and the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) examined the levels of contaminates associated with the BP oil spill, called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), being found in Louisiana seafood that have been collected throughout the spill and determined that the levels were so low that they do not pose a risk to consumers. The average consumer could eat any of the following amounts of seafood each day for up to five years without exceeding the health risks for contamination:

* 63 pounds of peeled Louisiana shrimp, or 1,575 jumbo shrimp,
* 5 pounds of Louisiana oyster meat, or 130 individual oysters, or
* 9 pounds of Louisiana fish, or 18 8-ounce fish filets.

LDWF and the Department of Health and Hospitals have tested more than 1,000 individual seafood samples for contamination associated with the BP oil spill since May 9, 2010. Seafood samples often include more than one specimen. For example, one shrimp sample may include as many as 100 individual shrimp that are then ground into a composite paste and sampled. This composite sampling method provides a more complete picture of the health of seafood off Louisiana’s coast.

All of the seafood samples tested by Louisiana and federal officials have been safe for consumption.

3 comments to State of Louisiana: You can eat 1,500+ jumbo Gulf shrimp A DAY and not exceed FDA contamination levels

  • Jean

    This is BP money talking--10 million dollars a year to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries to market Gulf seafood.
    (Source: BP's website for Louisiana response)

  • DanS.

    From up north in NY: no fucking way. Unless the shrimp and other fish are caught way way away from the Gulf, we ain't buyin the stuff up here!! The stores can not GIVE AWAY the shrimp - never seen sales like this at any time I was growing up - I'm 55. The stores are now stating that the seafood is from Alaskan or Canadian waters. I hope we can believe them.

  • jd

    I was in a very nice restaurant in Illinois called The Pier. They were serving Gulf Shrimp. I couldn't believe it.

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