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Tests Confirm Gulf Seafood Contains Toxic Oil

Tests Confirm Gulf Seafood Contains Toxic Oil

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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12:30PM PDT on Apr 13, 2011

Hell no would I eat any thing from the gulf !!!!!

7:13AM PST on Dec 9, 2010

BP poisoning our waters, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our right:
They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
Impeach Obama and sweep out the Congress, except Ron Paul.
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8:51PM PST on Nov 26, 2010


5:07AM PST on Nov 21, 2010

It really does not surprise me. Lucky I am not a great friend of sea food. It is supposed to be good for you, sure that may be so, if it is not contaminated. But nowerdays oil spills, heavy metals and other chemicals pollute the seas and waterways and there is no guarantee when we puchase seafood that it is "uncontaminated". We never know where it comes from.

1:29AM PST on Nov 19, 2010

Found some actual science at last...
Buried halfway down the page, the letter and associated attachments from Eric Schwaab of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA) to the FDA make interesting reading.

11:38PM PST on Nov 18, 2010

as after 911 authorities aiding and abetting criminal corporations are deliberately, for $, selling out those whose wellbeing they are sworn to protect... jail the swine and confiscate their personal assets to compensate their victims and see such corruption STOP.

3:01PM PST on Nov 16, 2010

BP....may you see your abyss of hell, you ruthless murdering lying thugs....

5:27AM PST on Nov 16, 2010

Awful, but not surprising...

3:29PM PST on Nov 15, 2010


1:53PM PST on Nov 15, 2010

Wow, people actually voted yes!! Call your doctors, I'm sure you'll be getting sick pretty soon from eating that contaminated flesh. SOOOO glad I'm a vegetarian!

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