The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board wants the support of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force in developing a Gulf Coast–wide testing protocol for seafood.
“This little spit of land has got to stop disappearing and start growing,” said Harlon Pearce, chairman of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board. He addressed the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, created by President Obama.
Despite a battalion of voices from the scientific and culinary world confirming the current safety of Gulf of Mexico seafood, skeptics persist. That’s led EPA administrator Lisa Jackson to ask scientists whether they’ve witnessed this level of rigor in seafood testing ever before.
“It’s easy to manufacture fear,” says accomplished political consultant, attorney and educator James Carville. But, “It’s hard to manufacture test results.”
“Priority number one, from day one, has been the safety of the consumer,” says Ewell Smith, executive director of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board (LSPMB).
Representatives from federal government and private sector met in a Q & A style meeting hosted by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board that lasted more than two hours and resulted in one leaving the room, unable to control his emotional outbursts.