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Letter From The Editor: Four Years Into The BP Oil Spill


An offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana exploded four years ago this month, killing 11 on the crew and spilling five million barrels of hydrocarbons into waters known for their seafood production. That explosion on the British Petroleum (BP) off-shore oil well known as the Deepwater Horizon is… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: BP Oil Spill, Three Years Later


About two weeks before the explosion and fire on the Deepwater Horizon oil platform off the coast of Louisiana, Food Safety News pictured the wrong species when reporting on a West Coast oyster story.  We quickly heard from Ed Cake of Gulf Environmental Associates in Biloxi, MS who pointed out our mistake and cheerfully agreed… Continue Reading

Oysters At New Orleans Restaurant Cause Norovirus

Fourteen people became ill with norovirus after eating Gulf oysters at a New Orleans area restaurant on April 28 and 29, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) announced Tuesday. As a result, DHH has closed a key harvesting area on the Gulf coast west of the Mississippi River and recalled oysters harvested from… Continue Reading

Two Years After BP Oil Spill: No Ecosystem Funding Yet

On today’s second anniversary of the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon platform, which killed 11 workers and caused the massive BP oil spill, there will be no gifts. The Resource and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourism Opportunities and Revived Economy  (RESTORE) of the Gulf Coast Act has been approved by both the House and Senate as an… Continue Reading

No Sign of Oyster Recovery Two Years After BP Oil Spill

With the second anniversary of the BP oil spill fast approaching, attention is once again returning to the damaged Gulf environment, especially to its greatly diminished oyster production.   The worst man-made environmental disaster in U.S. history put 200 million gallons of oil and two million gallons of toxic dispersants into the waters of the… Continue Reading

Taylor Reiterates ‘Gulf Seafood Is Safe to Eat’

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is continuing its effort to reassure the public that Gulf seafood is safe, despite lingering concerns about the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.    “Gulf seafood is as safe to eat now as it was before the spill,” wrote Deputy Commissioner for Foods Michael Taylor on the… Continue Reading

Gulf Senators Ask FDA’s Help to Promote Seafood Safety

Senators from Gulf states are asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help assure the public that Gulf seafood is safe to eat, despite some concerns about the impact of the last year’s massive oil spill. “Gulf seafood is safe, and we want the FDA to make sure the public knows that,” said Sen…. Continue Reading