New Orleans, LA (AP) - Federal scientists say a new spate of testing
for chemical dispersant in Gulf of Mexico seafood has found no
problems. They say Gulf seafood is safe to eat.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Food
and Drug Administration said Friday that the new round of testing
found only a few trace amounts of residue from dispersants that
were used to break up oil spewing from BP's broken well.
In all, 1,735 tissue samples were tested, including more than
half of those collected to reopen Gulf of Mexico federal waters. Of
those, 13 showed trace amounts of dispersant residue. But the
agencies said all the samples were well below the safety threshold
for fish, shrimp, crabs and oysters.
The new tests detect dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate, known as
DOSS, a major component of the dispersants used in the Gulf.
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