12 Oct '11, 3pm

FDA's Bad Science: Agency Allows Unsafe Levels of Contaminants in Seafood

Is the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) looking out for your health? Not nearly enough, According to our new study , published today in the scientific journal Environmental Health Perspectives . That’s especially true for young children and pregnant women, as well as anyone who eats a lot of seafood. We found that FDA’s calculation of allowable levels of contaminants in seafood, after BP's 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, was based on outdated science. As a result, FDA’s “safe levels” were not safe for vulnerable populations because they allowed up to 10,000 times too much cancer-causing Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) contamination in Gulf seafood. Unfortunately, FDA’s reliance upon outdated science is not an isolated incident. The agency’s flawed assessment, monitoring and regulation of numerous chemicals exposes us to unnecessary and dangerous amounts of chemica...

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