A new study from the Natural Resources Defense Council has found that the health risks associated with contaminants of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico were severely underestimated by the Food and Drug Administration. Shortly after the disaster, Gulf seafood was deemed safe to eat. However, the NRDC says the FDA’s outdated assumptions allowed up to 10,000 times the safe levels of crude oil chemical contaminate polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Scientists have linked PAHs to cancer, birth defects, and liver disease, which could mean serious health problems for those who consumed too much Gulf seafood after the spill.
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