Tag: Seafood testing
At the Louisiana Seafood Stakeholders Summit, participants were updated on BP-funded seafood safety monitoring efforts and marketing plans.
With more than 80 percent of seafood sold in America coming from many foreign sources — most of it processed and frozen — the federal government is expressing concern over the safety of that imported seafood.
In a newspaper OpEd, three top federal and state officials – including the FDA’s Donald Kraemer – have expressed their confidence about the safety of eating Gulf seafood and the extensive seafood testing programs.
Louisiana scientists who work for public health announce that after testing 1,000 samples of seafood, the results are in: “Scientists tell us that oil does not bioaccumulate in seafood, and every test we’ve conducted confirms that seafood is safe,” says one official.
According to Don Kraemer, FDA’s Deputy Director in the Office of Food Safety, the agency has been surprised by the number of media stories that give credibility to “junk science” and questionable seafood tests.
Leaders in the Louisiana seafood industry are in Washington, D.C., this week to push for ongoing, extensive testing of Gulf seafood — and a better way of telling a nation of seafood consumers that Gulf seafood is safe.
“It’s easy to manufacture fear,” says accomplished political consultant, attorney and educator James Carville. But, “It’s hard to manufacture test results.”
Seafood from the Gulf of Mexico is being put under the microscope like no other kind on the market, with fish, shrimp and other catches ground up to hunt for minute traces of oil — far more reassuring than that sniff test that made all the headlines, reports the Associated Press.