Gulf Shrimp Tests Show Oil Contamination, But Is It Safe To Eat?

by | Nov 8, 2010 | Headline News | 5 comments

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    The FDA and local grocery store retailers say that seafood from the gulf is safe to eat. But how sure can we be when the chemical tests being performed on seafood are executed by the very same machine that gives us inaccurate unemployment data, spends $200 million per day on foreign adventures and refuses to open The Federal Reserve’s doors for proper accounting?

    A new report from NOLA Emergency Response, a local emergency response group in the gulf, says that two pounds of shrimp which were randomly purchased at a shrimp market in Venice, Louisiana are tainted with oil:

    One local activist, “Mac” Mackenzie of NOLA Emergency Response, decided that it was time to take matters into her own hands. After an incessant 7-week investigation, Mac was able to obtain crucial information from our government regarding the specifics of Gulf shrimp testing. Particularly in the Gulf of Mexico, it is common for shrimp to be prepared and even served whole, with the shell and digestive tract intact. When Mac learned that the Gulf shrimp testing performed to date had not included an analysis of whole shrimp with intact shells or digestive tract, she decided to mobilize. She obtained two pounds of locally caught shrimp from Venice, a small town located in the heart of Southern Louisiana. The samples were promptly transported on ice to a laboratory in Mobile Alabama, where Chemist Dr. Robert Namen tested the digestive tracts of the shrimp for components of crude oil. What they found was an alarming 193 parts per million of “Oil & Grease.”

    Source: Project Gulf Impact

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    Government testing shows oil contamination as well, but according to NOLA, it’s nothing like the levels seen in the digestive tracts of shrimp.

    According to a recent British Petroleum PR piece, gulf seafood is safe and restaurateurs agree – the industry is making a come back:

    Perhaps some areas of the Gulf are contaminant free, but we simply don’t know where the shrimp that is being served at restaurants is coming from. Plus, in addition to the oil and grease, what about other contaminants like Corexit, which was used to disperse the oil? There must be traces of that within the seafood as well.

    A recent trip to the grocery store indicated that Gulf shrimp was safe to eat. In fact, the local grocery chain had clearly visible signs on the seafood freezers and fresh seafood area that said all of the food had been tested and deemed safe for human consumption.

    Living on the Gulf, we were tempted to buy a couple pounds of shrimp and some shark meat, as our seafood reserve supplies of 20 lbs. of shrimp purchased the day after the oil spill had finally run out at the end of summer. But  a flashback to this picture, recently linked by Rense.com, solidified our decision to stay away from the Gulf and go with some Pacific coast Salmon and Alaskan Halibut catches instead:

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    Clearly, there is oil in the seafood, along with who knows how many other contaminants.

    As much as we want to believe BP and we want to support the local fishing related industries in the Gulf, until such time that there is no longer a doubt that the seafood in the Gulf is safe to eat, we simply can’t eat the food.

    Our economy is in shambles – and those folks living down in the affected regions of the Gulf have it much worse off than we do, but for safety’s sake we cannot consume the food at this time – not until public, private and non-profit organizations have provided enough evidence to support that it’s not only safe for human consumption, but well below allowable toxicity levels.

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      5 Comments

      1. mushroom

        relax -everything is ok. bp and the federal government will make sure that gulf sea food is safe for consumption. just don’t pay any attention to all those simple uneducated folks living along the gulf shore. the’re just rable rousing and spreading false scare rumors so they can chisel more money from bp.

      2. laura  m.

        The gulf coast tourism, property values and seafood industry will be trashed for decades.  I  vacationed there for four decades.  It’s too bad younger families who traveled there won’t any longer,  and retirees living there now are trapped with worthless real estate and can’t move. Florida lives off tourism and like Nevada has the worse real estate  devaluation and job loss nationwide.

      3. Jeff

        I’m very sure that the “folks living along the gulf shore” are not “spreading false scare rumors”.  If anything, I’m certain it’s just the opposite as the second video above shows.  These poor people are desperate for things to get back to “normal”.
        Use your gut on this one.  Think about all of the lies that were being told to us during that 4 month mess.  Have you ever seen a shrimp alive in its own habitat?  They don’t move far and they’re bottom feeders.  Not long ago I read an article that said it would take many years / decades to know what effect Corexit and the various other natural carcinogens released from the BP well would have on humans.  Do you feel like being a Guinea pig?  My family is not taking the chance.  I do love the little buggers but I ate my last shrimp in May.  My heart goes out to those reliant on the Gulf fishing industry for income and a way of life.

      4. Max Hardwood

        Is it safe to eat?  Is it safe to eat?  Is it……are you kidding me?
        The gulf is nothing more than a toxic stew of oil and COREXIT!
        I wouldn’t feed my worst enemy food out of the Gulf.. is it safe to
        eat…….man, you Must be kidding me!

      5. andromeda

        There is a very informative website that features news videos and news reports from the local news sources on the gulf. The address is http://www.floridaoilspilllaw.com. According to their reports it is MUCH worse than we all know around the u.s. Check it out for yourselves. The local news reports and experts are compelling.

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