Seafood from the Gulf is OK – Did the BP oil spill contaminate Gulf Coast seafood? After receiving a shipment of Louisiana seafood samples collected by a reporter with “Good Morning America,” Texas researchers found NO evidence of petroleum hydrocarbons.

However researcher Ron Kendall says that although these samples were clean, the sample size was small and more research is necessary before the full picture can be seen. “Our detection limits would have detected selected polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) had they been there, even at very low levels. Everyone should realize the sample size was extremely small and that these data represent just a snapshot of time and space. We believe sampling and analyses should continue, and that independent science-based research needs to continue.” Scientists are concerned about PAHs because some of them are known carcinogens (cancer-causing agents).

After producers with the morning news program asked researchers to test the seafood samples prior to the federal government

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