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Tell NOAA and the FDA to Create Better Tests to Ensure Gulf Seafood's Safety

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently re-opened 5,130 square miles of Gulf waters to fishing and shrimping. However, some scientists worry that this decision came prematurely.

Gina Solomon, a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), recently wrote that she was surprised to find that NOAA's data to determine if waters should be re-opened "included only 12 samples of shrimp, consisting of a grand total of 73 individual shrimp, caught from an area about the size of the State of Connecticut."

This sample size is not large enough to adequately assess whether a region is free of contaminants. Take action now, and tell NOAA and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to expand its testing of Gulf fish and shrimp in order to ensure seafood's safety.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Communications Specialist/NOAA
    Kim Amendola
  • Deputy Commissioner/FDA
    Joshua Sharfstein
  • Press Officer/FDA
    Mike Herndon
  • Commissioner/FDA
    Margaret Hamburg
  • Administrator/NOAA
    Jane Lubchenco

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