To eat or not to eat the seafood is a question the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station will help answer.
Local scientists are working together with the Food and Drug Administration to see if the food is contaminated. The first samples of shrimp arrived on Wednesday and had to be tested within 24 hours, according to the newspaper.
Since the April spill, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has closed off large areas of the Gulf to fishing. As expected, this has taken a heavy toll on the economy.
So the plan is to have labs test the safety of the Gulf seafood as quickly as possible.
White and others modified a test for pesticides in food over the last three weeks, then flew to the FDA’s Forensic Chemistry Center in Cincinnati Saturday to present their data and have the test approved, reported the paper.
“We were trying to come up with something that lots and lots of labs can eventually do,” White told the Register. By Sept. 1, 18 more labs are expected to be employed in testing.
Until then, the three startup labs including the one in Connecticut should be prepared to receive 20 samples a day, everyday for at least three months.
Officials say the seafood includes oysters, crabs, shrimp and finfish. The shipments are sent out overnight and arrive at 9:30 a.m.
Results of the tests on the first batch of shrimp were sent to the FDA Thursday.