US Gulf seafood safe one year after BP oil spill

13 June 2011 20:35  [Source: ICIS news]

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (ICIS)--Nearly 14 months after the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, seafood from the affected areas is safe for human consumption, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said on Monday.

"All samples of seafood tested in federal waters of the Gulf affected by the BP Macondo well spill have easily passed tests for contamination," said Calvin Walker, lead analyst for NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service, on the sidelines of the International Food Technology Conference.

"All samples of seafood tested are well below levels of concern, routinely 100 to 1,000 times below levels of concern," Walker said.

Levels of naphthalene and anthracene, two hazardous chemicals in crude oil, were found in seafood at levels that compare favourably with pre-spill levels in oysters, Walker said.

NOAA found that levels of the dispersant dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate were barely detectable in seafood samples and were also well below hazardous levels.

Walker said that dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate could not be detected in 95% of all seafood samples taken in federal Gulf waters.

NOAA will continue to monitor the Gulf of Mexico waters contaminated by the spill for both oil and dispersants.

BP helped fund the commercial fishing fleet that was used by NOAA for its testing programme.

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By: Frank Zaworski
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