June 15th, 2010
03:18 PM ET
11 years ago

Experts: Oil spill poses health threats, but seafood on market is safe

Washington (CNN) - Health threats from the Gulf oil disaster could last for years, and officials lack knowledge on how long chemicals in the spilled oil and dispersants will remain toxic, health experts told a Senate committee Tuesday.

At the same hearing, a Food and Drug Administration official said seafood from the Gulf of Mexico available to consumers in stores and restaurants now is safe.

"We are confident that Gulf of Mexico seafood that is in the market today is safe to eat," said Mike Taylor, deputy commissioner of the FDA.

The hearing by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee looked at steps taken so far to monitor and deal with health issues, and what the longer-term threats and effects may be.

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Updated: 4:48 p.m.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. 60s survivor

    bp. will pay for this too. I wonder how many affected have no health insurance now. just saying. of course. that's not our problem. right. GOP. ???

    June 15, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. Larry

    Yeah, and good luck getting any seafood out of the gulf for a long, long time.

    We have 2 more months of this before the leak is stopped, if then.

    June 15, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. D.

    We can just imagine.

    June 15, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    Health threat only? Talk to the Alaskans who are still finding oil under rocks.
    This disaster is a catastropher for the environment and for those who live off the sea!!!
    Maybe they can send the BP executives and that engineer who suggested that they couldn't waste more time and that nothing would happen and if it did so what. Or something like that.

    June 15, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. A.B.

    This situation calls for billions of dollars from BP to be placed into an escrow account which should be overseen and administered by the federal government. The funds will pay for medical problems caused by the BP oil spill. The American tax payer should not pay for future health problems suffered by Americans. BP should pay!! Moreover, the funds should also pay for treating wildlife affected by the BP oil spill.

    June 15, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    and officials lack knowledge on how long chemicals in the spilled oil and dispersants will remain toxic

    Like Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but..... couldn't that knowledge be obtained by reviewing the data from the Exxon Valdez oil spill that occurred, what, 20 years ago? Or is this oil different? I'm just asking.....

    June 15, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. Gary

    Incompetent and impetent... This is Obama's Katrina. He looks bad, really bad.

    June 15, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |