26 Dec '11, 10pm

It's time to fix the FDA, it needs to do more to protect our food, personal care products & medicine.

The BP oil spill contaminated the food chain of one of the most productive fisheries in the U.S. with oil, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and heavy metals. The FDA’s risk assessment and policies for re-opening these areas to fishing significantly underestimated the potential health risks to vulnerable populations such as pregnant women, children, and local subsistence fishers. The risk assessment methods FDA used to calculate allowable levels of oil spill contaminants in Gulf seafood relied on outdated science. As a result, FDA set levels up to 10,000 times too high to protect the most vulnerable populations from increased cancer risk resulting from exposure to PAHs.

Full article: http://www.nrdc.org/health/fda/

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