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Should you eat Gulf seafood?

Commercial shrimping resumed along parts of the Gulf Coast this week, and an area near the Florida Panhandle reopened for fishing on August 10. The question, of course is whether consumers will feel good about eating Gulf seafood.

The government seems to think we should. As Jane Lubchenco, administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, put it this week: “We know that the seafood that is in the market now from the Gulf is in fact safe to eat.”

But all those pictures of oil-covered wildlife might still make you wary of a shrimp kebab or grouper sandwich. We did our own research and uncovered five things you need to know about Gulf seafood.

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  • jan

    Wild thought here. The people who had trouble tracking down the source of e coli in recent outbreaks are now assuring us that seafood from the Gulf is safe to eat. …Yeah. Right.

    Alternative points of view? Just this week, I think it was, they found JAMA has done a study as recently as August 17th that indicates they question the safety of seafood from the Gulf.

    The great lettuce recall this summer… The great nationwide hunt for the source of food poisoning last summer and the painfully long delay before they finally discovered what they thought was the source and the thought in the back of your head that your next meal might accidentally include whatever was making people sick.

    And then there’s the rather gaping hole in our food inspection system that results in the FDA food inspector visiting a food processor once every decade as reported by ABC in late 2009.

    At what point are we going to admit that we’ve gone too far in cutting safety inspections and need to hire more inspectors to do more inspecting and put some teeth back into food safety? Also a little honesty from the government, who if I remember correctly addressed oil briefly and completely avoided the topic of coerexit in the food chain, rather than attempts at PR would also help.

  • Renee S

    NONE is safe to eat!!! Government and BP are liars! Sniffers.. LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.. yeah.. sure…

  • Jeb

    When I see NOAA, FDA, and Mississippi and Louisiana officials and their children sitting down to a feast of Gulf seafood I might consider it.
    As it is NOAA has already been caught lying about the amount of oil in the Gulf.
    When will people come before profits?