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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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