Last week, the NRDC released a report stating the FDA’s formula for the amount of seafood consumed per month, and thus the levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), potentially cancer-causing chemicals found in oil considered safe to consume, is not realistic for Gulf states residents.
New Iberia chemist and environmental consultant Wilma Subra says she has been lobbying for more rigorous standards for months. She has been requesting that the FDA redo the calculations to reflect the dietary habits of the people on the coast.
“FDA based their consumption on a meal consisting of four shrimp, and only eating that meal once a week,” says Subra. “Which is totally inadequate when you look at what the consumption is of people who live along the northern rim of the Gulf of Mexico.”
The formula the FDA is using to determine how much seafood Gulf Coast residents eat is approximately 16.4 seafood meals per month, including 9.1 meals of fish, 2.9 of oysters and 4.4 of shrimp and crab. The portion size is set at 5.6 ounces of fish, 4.2 ounces of oysters and 3.1 ounces of shrimp or crab.
Her other concern is that the FDA is not testing for another oil component released during the spill, which is turning up in seafood she has been testing for local environmental groups under the aegis of the Louisiana Environmental Action Network. “The FDA published levels of concern for PAH, but they did not establish levels of concern for total petroleum hydrocarbon oil range organics,” which is a larger element of the component of the oil that BP released. “We’re finding in not the parts per billion or parts per million, but all the way up in the percentage range of oil range organics, and yet there’s no criteria established by FDA on this,” says Subra.
Subra says she has been calling the FDA, asking them to test for oil range organics, to no avail.
Other environmental groups like the Louisiana Bucket Brigade and NOLA Emergency Response have also been trying to get the attention of the FDA, the Environmental Protection Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, all of whom use the same PHA standards for seafood safety.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Fort Worth company's new facility at Lafayette Regional Airport will build helicopters primarily for the export market.
Could River Ranch restaurant be the next star?
Move over Hooters — there’s a new breastaurant coming to town.
Hashtag, retweet, like, share and do whatever else it takes to get in good today with the jolly man in red.
That would be Congressman John Fleming talking about Sen. David Vitter.
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Louisiana's higher education leaders are trying to work out a financing deal to keep the state's public colleges from running low on state cash to operate their campuses.
With their latest triumph, the Saints left little doubt about how tough they are to beat in the Superdome. Unfortunately, two of their remaining three games are on the road.
The festival is scheduled for March 21-22 in New Orleans.
NOLA Bowl ready prints
For the first time in at least five years, retired teachers, state workers and school system employees could see an increase in their pension checks.
Lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration shared a collective sigh of relief with the news that Louisiana's tax amnesty program brought in the $200 million that they used to help balance this year's budget.
Drew Brees often makes the extraordinary look routine, particularly during night games in the Superdome.
The Cane Fire Film Series will be screening The Savoy King, a feature documentary on Swing-era drummer-bandleader Chick Webb, Ella Fitzgerald, and Harlems Savoy Ballroom.
The teams were extended invitations Sunday for the New Year's Day matchup played at Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Outfit Of The Game looks at jewelry.
Holiday party with style
Funds will expand Early College Academy from 250 to 1,000 students
Let ’em know and you could win a $250 night out.