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Assessing the Impact of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill on SeafoodEntry ID: FDA_Oilspill
Abstract: FDA operates a mandatory safety program for all fish and fishery products under the provisions of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, the Public Health Service Act, and related regulations. The FDA program includes research, inspection, compliance, enforcement, outreach and the development of regulations and industry guidance. FDA works closely with NOAA and the states whenever commercial ... fishing waters are closed for public health reasons and again when they are reopened to harvest.
When the Gulf of Mexico oil spill began in 2010, the FDA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Gulf coast states took unprecedented steps to ensure that the seafood harvested from the Gulf was safe -- first by closing areas exposed to the oil and then by establishing a reopening protocol designed to ensure that seafood from any given area was safe from harmful oil and dispersant residues before the area reopened to harvest. Only after all samples collected from an area passed both sensory and chemical testing, was a harvest area allowed to reopen. Still, just to be sure that we did not miss anything, federal and state officials continue to collect and test seafood from the Gulf.
For more information, visit: <http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodSafety/Product-SpecificInformation/Seaf...
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Data Set Citation
Dataset Title: Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Update
Dataset Publisher: U.S. Food and Drug AdministrationOnline Resource: http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodSafety/Product-SpecificInformation/Seaf...
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: 1-888-INFO-FDA (1-888-463-6332)
Email: consumer at fda.gov
10903 New Hampshire Ave
City: Silver Spring
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20993
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Email: gsfc-gcmduso at mail.nasa.gov
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2011-07-05
Last DIF Revision Date: 2011-08-29