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We did not test specifically for Corexit. NOAA and the FDA did not have an approved chemical test for the dispersant until October 29, 2010. Before this, NOAA and the FDA performed a prescribed sensory analysis with trained individuals to insure that the seafood was safe for human consumption. These individuals were trained to detect down to a level of 1 ppm for both oil and dispersant in finfish, shrimp, crabs and oysters. Both the chemical and sensory analyses were performed on seafood samples after October 29. According to NOAA and the FDA, only a few seafood products tested from the open waters were found to have trace amounts of DOSS, a major component of the dispersants used in the Gulf. Their findings were well below the safety threshold of 100 ppm for finfish. As with the PAH levels, trace amounts of the chemicals used in dispersants are commonly found in the Gulf. In addition to these low levels, NOAA and the FDA state that “the best scientific data to date indicates that DOSS does not build up in fish tissues.” DOSS is also found in household products and over-the-counter medication. We analyzed composite samples of oil and fish meal for PAH (chemicals typically found in oil) on a weekly basis. All were well below the FDA’s level of concern for PAH
It is important to note that Omega Protein did not fish in restricted areas or waters than were known to have the presence of oil/dispersant. If you are taking our product Omega Pure, which is our line of omega-3 dietary supplements, you can rest easy knowing that all of the oil used are taken from our Reedville, VA facility and use only Atlantic menhaden, not Gulf menhaden.
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