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Health Agencies Update
July 28, 2010

Gulf Seafood Safety

JAMA. 2010;304(4):398. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.969

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working in coordination with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to ramp up efforts to ensure that seafood contaminated by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico does not reach consumers, according to a statement from the FDA.

Since May 2, NOAA has closed 32% of federal waters to fishing, including areas where oil currently exists, where oil is predicted to be in 48 to 72 hours, and a 5-mile buffer around these areas. Such areas will be reopened to fishing only after the FDA has verified that seafood in the area meet FDA standards for public health.

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