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azurnoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-28-11 09:31 AM
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14. oh goody more off shore drilling in the gulf
perhaps we can turn the entire gulf into a dead zone what the heck it may be safer that way

FDA underestimated health risks of Gulf seafood following BP disaster, study finds

The concerns were often heard in Gulf Coast communities in the months after the BP oil disaster began unfolding last April: The federal Food & Drug Administration (FDA) was setting acceptable levels of seafood consumption that failed to adequately protect women and children from contaminants, and that did not account for the large amount of seafood that the region's residents eat.

A new study has found that those concerns were justified.

Research carried out by scientists affiliated with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and published online this month in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that the FDA seriously underestimated the health risks from contaminants in Gulf seafood following the BP disaster. The NRDC researchers focused on a group of chemicals called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are found in crude oil and have been linked to cancer and birth defects.

"We were surprised by how far off FDA's numbers really were," study co-author Miriam Rotkin-Ellman wrote on her blog. "FDA accepted 100 to 10,000 times more PAH contamination of seafood than our calculations deemed safe."
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