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Seafood Testing Results

The Deepwater Horizon accident has raised concerns as to the safety of Alabama seafood. To ensure the safety of our seafood, the Alabama Departments of Agriculture and Industry (ADAI), Conservation and Natural Resources (Marine Resources Division) (ADCNR/MRD), and ADPH, Bureau of Clinical Laboratories (BCL) and Epidemiology Toxicology Branch, have instituted a three-year seafood testing program in cooperation with British Petroleum (BP). Seafood samples (crabs, finfish, oysters, and shrimp) were collected from open water and seafood processors, and tested for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) found in crude oil, and dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate (DOSS) found in dispersants.

Table 1. Current Alabama Seafood Sampling Results

Collected during October 2013 and tested 12/19/2013.

Seafood Group

Total Tested

Number without Detections

Number with Detections

Number Exceeding LOC1

Range of Findings (ppm)

Crab

6

0*

6

0

TR2-0.052

Finfish

32

0*

32

0

TR2-0.184

Oysters

3

0*

3

0

TR2-0.095

Shrimp

5

0*

5

0

TR2-0.072

* Results were below Limit of Detection (LOD)
1 FDA's Levels of Concern (LOC)
2 Trace (TR) any finding above LOD and below Limit of Quantification (LOQ)

Table 2. Cumulative Monthly Alabama Seafood Sampling Results

Collected and tested 10/27/2011- 12/19/2013

Seafood Group

Total Tested

Number without Detections

Number with Detections

Number Exceeding LOC1

Range of Findings (ppm)

Crab

151

47*

104

0

TR2-0.283

Finfish

766

123*

643

0

TR2-0.349

Oysters

69

17*

52

0

TR2-0.175

Shrimp

482

338*

137

0

TR 2-0.170

* Results were below Limit of Detection (LOD)

1 FDA's Levels of Concern (LOC)
2 Trace (TR) any finding above LOD and below Limit of Quantification (LOQ)

Monthly Summaries*

*For historical data, please call Epidemiology at 800-338-8374 and ask for Dr. John Guarisco, Environmental Toxicologist.

Water Body Codes

Alabama Water Body Codes


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