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FDA allowed unsafe levels of contaminants in seafood following BP oil spill, study says

October 13, 2011
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WASHINGTON — According to a study by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NDRC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowed unsafe levels of contaminants in seafood after the BP oil spill in 2010, Fox News reported.

NDRC researchers claim the FDA seriously underestimated the cancer risk from contaminants that can accumulate in seafood when the agency allowed commercial fishing to resume in the Gulf of Mexico after the oil spill disaster.

The NRDC filed a petition Wednesday asking the FDA to protect the public – especially pregnant women, children and people who eat a lot of seafood – by setting a standard that limits the level of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in seafood.
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