Will the giant amounts of oil dispersants poured into the Gulf cause the seafood there to be unhealthy to eat?

I heard that some of the fisheries have already been re-opened to fishing, but it seems to me that the chemical dispersants may make the seafood caught there unsafe to eat?



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    It is difficult to say what the long term effects will be, however, the current information on the toxicity of  the dispersant BP is using, according to a study by the EPA, is that it is less toxic than the oil itself and the dispersant/oil mixture is a very similar toxicity to the oil alone. The dispersant was tested on two sensitive Gulf marine species of fish and shrimp. The EPA concludes their study by saying the dispersant BP has been using (Corexit 9500) “seems to be a wise decision, and that the oil itself is the hazard that we’re concerned about.” 

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    The NOAA National Fisheries Service claims that the fish they tested after the oil was visually undetectable in the water were acceptable to be eaten, with 99% having undetectable amounts of oil/dispersant. They also claim that fish and other marine life can better filter dispersant through their bodies than oil, making it the lesser of two evils. According to the NOAA’s website. “For each of the 12 hydrocarbons of concern picked up in the chemical test, the seafood is routinely testing 100 to 1000 times lower than FDA’s pass-fail threshold known as the level of concern.”


    This is their claim, but like paclemens pointed out, no one knows what the long term effects will be.

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