Test from several independent laboratories have confirmed that Gulf seafood contains a high level of toxic compounds as a result of oil contamination.
BP’s Deepwater Horizon well leaked over 206 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico over a five month period, yet government officials have gone out of their way to assure the public that shrimp, fish, and crab harvested from those waters is completely safe to eat.
Unconvinced, scientists in separate parts of the country tested seafood samples from recently reopened areas that have been deemed “safe” for commercial fishing.
Robert M. Naman, a chemist at ACT Labs in Mobile, Alabama, conducted tests on Gulf shrimp pulled from waters near Louisiana after being contacted by a New Orleans activist.
“I wouldn’t eat shrimp, fish or crab caught in the Gulf,” Naman told Raw Story. The seafood Naman tested displayed an unusual high concentration of oil and grease in its digestive tracts: 193 parts-per-million.
The FDA claims that up to 100-PPM of oil and dispersant residue is safe to consume in finned fish, and 500-PPM is allowed for shellfish.
Another researcher, Dr. William Sawyer, of the Sanibel, Florida-based Toxicology Consultants & Assessment Specialists, replicated Naman’s findings by testing Gulf shrimp, oysters and finned fish.
The only difference? This seafood was on its way to market.
“Once oil enters, it can damage every organ, every system in the body,” Dr. Shaw told Raw Story. “There is no safe level of exposure to this oil, because it contains carcinogens, mutagens that can damage DNA and cause cancer and other chronic health problems.
Headaches, nausea, fatigue and rapid changes in mental state have all been identified as human symptoms of ingesting oil contaminants, but long term effects are still unknown.
If the state of the environment is any indication of what might be instore for those that ingest contaminated Gulf seafood, the prognosis is grim.
Earlier this week scientists surveying the ocean floor in the Gulf of Mexico said coral reefs near the BP spill site were almost certainly dying from exposure to toxic substances.
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