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FDA allowed unsafe seafood after BP spill - up to 10 000 times over safe levels
10-13-2011, 02:49 PM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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damned.gif And seriously... Are even the safe levels safe?

AMERICA'S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowed unsafe levels of contaminants in seafood after the BP oil spill in 2010, according to a study cited by FOXNews.com.

Researchers from the Natural Resources Defence Council (NDRC) said the FDA seriously underestimated the cancer risk from contaminants that can accumulate in seafood when the agency allowed commercial fishing to resume in the Gulf of Mexico - where the leak occurred 41 miles (66km) off the Louisiana coast - after the disaster.

The study, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, found that by using flawed assumptions and outdated risk assessment methods, the FDA allowed contamination up to 10,000 times the level deemed safe, and failed to identify risks for pregnant women and children.

Based on the results, the NRDC filed a petition Wednesday asking the FDA to protect the public - especially pregnant women, children and people who eat a lot of seafood -- by setting a standard that limits the level of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in seafood.

PAHs are chemicals found in oil, industrial pollution and urban runoff that can cause cancer, birth defects, neurological delays and liver damage.

"Our findings add to a long list of evidence that FDA is overlooking the risks from chemical contaminants in food," study author Miriam Rotkin-Ellman said. "We must not wait for people to get sick or cancer rates to rise, we need FDA to act now to protect the food supply."

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/features/environm...6165679780
10-13-2011, 02:57 PM #2
Shadow Incognito Anonymous
FDA is a corporate bitch. Last head of the FDA (I forget her name, link is around here somewhere) is now an executive with Merck.
10-13-2011, 03:32 PM #3
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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On the upside, use of cooking oil in seafood joints has been reduced by nearly 40%. 13.gif


10-13-2011, 03:37 PM #4
yankees skier
Posts:5,032 Threads:215 Joined:Feb 2011
Good find. I stopped eating shrimp after the spill, and only eat seafood I know cannot come from the gulf, like salmon, etc.

10-13-2011, 04:03 PM #5
Shadow Incognito Anonymous
ANother example of the revolvong door

The Wisconsin judge who recently ruled that we have no right to own a cow or drink its milk resigned to join one of Monsanto’s law firms.

10-13-2011, 06:17 PM #6
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
Posts:30,185 Threads:1,485 Joined:Feb 2011
Imagine that, he's just the kind of moron that can be bought against all common sense.


10-14-2011, 03:26 PM #7
Tacolover II Member
Posts:377 Threads:59 Joined:Feb 2011
I agree, CNN reporting this morning the FDA is saying seafood tested from The Gulf of Mexico is safe while others claim FDA guidelines are to lax and not safe to consume. Myself love fresh seafood from the Gulf but have consumed very little.

Last thing I want to hear is "oopsies" "we misplaced the decimal points a bit"

and it's not funny



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