Government withholding key data on Gulf seafood testing, scientists say
By Brad Jacobson
Thursday, October 7th, 2010
Gulf states not following consistent protocol, despite government claims
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and FDA officials maintain they’ve provided results of ongoing Gulf seafood safety tests with the utmost transparency. But outside scientists, eager to perform independent evaluations of the government’s findings, complain the information released contains far too many unknown variables that preclude peer review.
In recent interviews, FDA and NOAA officials told Raw Story that they’ve been completely transparent in sharing ongoing Gulf seafood testing data, protocol and methodologies.
Whenever we reopened [waters], we’d post the data that we used and the FDA certified it as good enough to reopen,” said NOAA spokeswoman Christine Patrick. “So that’s all publicly available and it has been since we started reopening.”
“There’s nothing we are withholding,” echoed FDA spokeswoman Meghan Scott.