The FDA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a joint news release on June 14 to announce that they are working together to close fisheries, increase inspections and have laid down strict protocols for re-opening facilities that were closed due to the oil spill.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is also monitoring the gulf coast states, along with state and local health departments, for any signs of oil spill-related illnesses from contaminated seafood or from contact with the spill itself. Symptoms could include: Asthma exacerbation, coughing, chest pains, eye irritation, nausea and/ or headaches. The gulf coast oil spill started shortly after the April 20 explosion and fire on the Deepwater Horizon sent the oil drilling rig to the bottom of the Gulf and unleashed an oil spill in the Gulf that could be the worst environmental disaster in history. British Petroleum, which leased the oil rig, is siphoning some of the flow into oil tankers after weeks of failing to cap the well, resulting in a massive oil slick that is impacting several states, including Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida.
Together with the repair of the environmental disaster, is important that the authorities of USA prevent with a federal plan a possible seafood contamination due to the oil spill, to guarantee food safety of the national and international population.
Fuente: Food HACCP