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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

Gulf Seafood Not So Safe for Pregnant Women, Children?

If people living on the Gulf Coast trusted the federal government all that much, they might be in trouble right now.   In the first peer-reviewed challenge to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) safe levels for cancer-causing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), a new study says they were overestimated in Gulf seafood following the… Continue Reading

Too Much Fresh Water May Kill Gulf Oysters

Coming a year after an oil spill and six years after a hugely damaging hurricane, the Gulf oyster industry fears too much fresh water coming down the Mississippi River could be its final strike. The Gulf lost half its oyster harvest last year, and is far from recovery now. “The Louisiana and Mississippi oyster industries… Continue Reading