The Government Lies to the American People About the Safety of Gulf Seafood
by George Washington
The Centers of Disease Control (CDC) just announced:
For the seafood to pose a health risk, the food would have to be heavily contaminated with oil, and would therefore have a strong odor and taste of oil.
That is patently untrue.
As I pointed out in June:
Crude oil contains such powerful cancer-causing chemicals benzene, toluene, heavy metals and arsenic.
As Bloomberg notes:
“Oil is a complex mixture containing substances like benzene, heavy metals, arsenic, and polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons — all known to cause human health problems such as cancer, birth defects or miscarriages,” said Kenneth Olden, founding dean of New York’s CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College, who is monitoring a panel on possible delayed effects.
Corexit breaks down oil into constituent chemicals. So there could easily be toxic levels in the Gulf of compounds that don’t smell anything like oil.
For example, arsenic is odorless. So fish contaminated with arsenic will not smell or taste like oil.
And crude oil contains mercury. Mercury is odorless, so fish contaminated with mercury will not smell or taste like oil.
As McClatchy notes today: