Study Says FDA Seafood Safety Standards Dangerously Flawed

Fri, 10/14/2011 - 11:59am
Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

The Natural Resources Defense Council recently released a study that argues current FDA standards for seafood safety underestimate the risk to pregnant women and children of seafood affected by oil spills such as last year’s BP disaster. The report suggests that carcinogenic compounds may build up in the seafood as the result of such spills.

According to the group, the FDA’s error isn’t small. It contends that the agency’s standard for certain carbon compounds in seafood is off by as much as 10,000 times. The FDA’s seafood testing methods are viewed by the Council as outdated and overly assuming, and the group is asking the agency to set a rule limiting the amount of dangerous chemicals deemed safe for pregnant women and children.

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