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Tests Confirm Gulf Seafood Contain Toxic Oil And Not Safe To Eat

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December 9, 2010: Beth Buczynski / Care – November 14, 2010

Does anybody really believe that the oil just simply vanished?! – SJH

Test from several independent laboratories have confirmed that Gulf seafood contains a high level of toxic compounds as a result of oil contamination.

BP’s Deepwater Horizon well leaked over 206 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico over a five month period, yet government officials have gone out of their way to assure the public that shrimp, fish, and crab harvested from those waters is completely safe to eat.

Unconvinced, scientists in separate parts of the country tested seafood samples from recently reopened areas that have been deemed “safe” for commercial fishing.

Robert M. Naman, a chemist at ACT Labs in Mobile, Alabama, conducted tests on Gulf shrimp pulled from waters near Louisiana after being contacted by a New Orleans activist. “I wouldn’t eat shrimp, fish or crab caught in the Gulf,” Naman told Raw Story. The seafood Naman tested displayed an unusual high concentration of oil and grease in its digestive tracts: 193 parts-per-million.

The FDA claims that up to 100-PPM of oil and dispersant residue is safe to consume in finned fish, and 500-PPM is allowed for shellfish. Another researcher, Dr. William Sawyer, of the Sanibel, Florida-based Toxicology Consultants & Assessment Specialists, replicated Naman’s findings by testing Gulf shrimp, oysters and finned fish. The only difference? This seafood was on its way to market.

“Once oil enters, it can damage every organ, every system in the body,” Dr. Shaw told Raw Story. “There is no safe level of exposure to this oil, because it contains carcinogens, mutagens that can damage DNA and cause cancer and other chronic health problems. Headaches, nausea, fatigue and rapid changes in mental state have all been identified as human symptoms of ingesting oil contaminants, but long term effects are still unknown.

If the state of the environment is any indication of what might be in store for those that ingest contaminated Gulf seafood, the prognosis is grim. Earlier this week scientists surveying the ocean floor in the Gulf of Mexico said coral reefs near the BP spill site were almost certainly dying from exposure to toxic substances.

Above Normal Levels Of Hydrocarbons In Gulf Seafood

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: I will be moving back down to the Gulf region in February 2011– SJH

Illness Plagues Gulf Residents In BP’s Aftermath 

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  1. I take it that you will not be visiting a beach in Florida anytime soon. We had hoped to visit a beach and let our children play, but I guess we will have to skip Florida altogether.

    Are California beaches the only safe ones left in this country? Sad. That would make for a loooong drive or train ride from Chicago if you refuse to fly.

    Bourgoise Pig

    December 9, 2010 at 11:50 am

  2. Bourgoise Pig,

    I’ll actually be working and living on the Gulf beaches for a time undetermined at this point.

    Will I go in the water? Probably not. Will I eat Gulf seafood? Nope. And that pisses me off to no end.

    That is one of the reasons, among others, that I’m heading back, so that I can get back in the fight on the front lines in my beloved and beleaguered Florida.

    It’s either California or Hawaii for warm clime beaches in America… And no, I will not fly at this point.

    So, I guess it’s time to reread Atlas Shrugged on a 42 hour train ride. Rather apropo wouldn’t you say? “Who is John Galt?”


    – SJH

    Steven John Hibbs

    December 9, 2010 at 12:05 pm

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