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Gulf Fishermen Wary Of Smell Tests For Gulf Seafood Safety

Fisherman along the Gulf Coast are skeptical that the Food and Drug Administration's testing is thorough enough to deem seafood safe.

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal wants BP to fund a 20-year testing program to assure consumers and industry professionals that Gulf seafood is safe.

Fisherman along the Gulf Coast are skeptical that the Food and Drug Administration’s testing is thorough enough to deem gulf seafood safe.

The current method for detecting oil contamination in seafood is a simple sniff test, which doesn’t seem to satisfy industry workers.

The FDA says smell tests are the only way to detect chemical dispersants, as scientists have yet to develop an effective tissue test. The FDA also says it is confident proper steps are being taken to ensure the safety of seafood from the Gulf.

Read more: Gulf seafood declared safe; fishermen not so sure (AP)

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Megan Meyer

Megan Meyer was in the company of foodies for most of her formative years. She spent all of her teens working at her town's natural food co-op in South Dakota, and later when she moved to Minneapolis, worked as a produce maven for the nation's longest running collectively-managed food co-op. In 2006, she had the distinct pleasure (and pain) of participating the vendanges, or grape harvest, in the Beaujolais terroire of France, where she developed her compulsion to snip off grape clusters wherever they may hang. In the spring of 2008, Megan interned on NPR's Science Desk in Washington, D.C., where she aided in the coverage of science, health and food policy stories. She joined Indiana Public Media in June, 2009.

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