Lab test Results: Gulf seafood petroleum residue levels double what FDA says acceptable


How did this one slip by me? It's from a few days ago and needs way more attention:

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- Brand new laboratory test results just in Monday morning are showing troubling problems with gulf seafood. WFTV sent shrimp to be tested after scientists disagreed on whether it is safe to eat after the oil spill, and the results are raising a lot of red flags.

Gee, who could have seen that coming?

Customers were not giving that whole "smell testing" a lot of credibility, and for good reason.

WFTV put gulf shrimp to the test by ordering raw shrimp over the Internet and shipping it to a private lab. Scientists liquefied the shrimp and put it through the most sensitive testing possible, looking for any signs of petroleum residue. Scientists found elevated levels of Anthracene, a toxic hydrocarbon and a by-product of petroleum. The Anthracene levels were double what the FDA finds to be acceptable.

The scientist who did the testing said he, himself, wouldn't pop one of those shrimp onto the bah-bee and eat it. What does that tell you?

It seems pretty obvious that there is much more information that will come out as time goes on.  In cases like this, caution is a good thing, a whole big fat abundance of it. Hence...

Caution: Think twice about eating shrimp from the gulf.


On December 1st, more than 150 chefs and restaurants in cities across the country will participate in the first "AMERICA'S NIGHT OUT FOR GULF SEAFOOD" to promote the safety of Gulf seafood in light of the BP oil spill earlier in the year.

All of the participating restaurants will be serving a special dish that includes either fish, oysters, shrimp or crabs from the Gulf of Mexico, which supplies nearly half of all the country's seafood.

H/t: @GoodTwitty