Dispersants not polluting seafood

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Federal scientists say a new round 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 that the tests found only a few trace amounts of residue from dispersants that were used to break up oil spewing from BP's broken well.

Over 1700 tissue samples were tested, and of those only 13 showed trace amounts of dispersant residues.  And those were well below the safety threshold for seafood.

In the weeks after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, environmentalists told WLOX News that they feared the dispersants were damaging the gulf.  Others wondered if the chemicals used to break up the oil were doing nothing more than helping the oil collect at the bottom of the gulf.

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