FDA: Gulf seafood safe despite oil spill concerns

Posted on April 23, 2012 by

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Photos of fish with sores may raise concern about long-term environmental effects of the massive BP oil spill, but federal health officials say the Gulf seafood that is on the market is safe to eat, the Associated Press reported April 20.

After all, diseased fish are not allowed to be sold, said a doctor who heads the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Gulf Coast Seafood Laboratory. “It’s important to emphasize that we’re talking about a low percentage of fish,” he said. “It doesn’t represent a seafood safety hazard.” Two years after the oil spill, scientists cite lesions and other deformities in some Gulf fish as a sign of lingering environmental damage. They can not say for sure what is causing the fish ailments or if there really are more sick fish now than in the past.

Source: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2012/04/20/fda-gulf-seafood-safe-despite-oil-spill-concerns

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