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NOAA Officials Say Rigorous Testing Assures Safety of Gulf Seafood

By Rhonda Miller | Published 12 Apr 2011 01:31pm | comments
Lab technician Rebeca Rosado takes samples from a tuna at NOAA seafood testing laboratories in Pascagoula.

As Mississippi tourist season moves into high gear, the safety of Gulf seafood is a top priority. MPB’s Rhonda Miller reports NOAA officials opened the doors of seafood testing labs in Pascagoula to show the media the safety procedures in place.

At the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration seafood testing labs in Pascagoula, a technician slices a piece of fresh tuna and puts it into a jar.

Calvin Walker is lead analyst for NOAA’s National Seafood Inspection Program.

"We take samples for sensory and chemistry here," Walker says

A sensory test is the smell test - the first step in assuring the fish is free of oil or other chemicals.

"This is a sample for chemistry. We get 200 grams of each type of sample, and that is extracted and analyzed for both PAH analysis and PAH content, which is petroleum hydrocarbon content, as well as content for the dispersant used in the oil spill," Walker says.

NOAA officials say Gulf seafood is safe - and is now the most tested seafood in the world

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Lab technician Rebeca Rosado takes samples from a tuna at NOAA seafood testing laboratories in Pascagoula.


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