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My Take - Serve the Gulf

It's hard to believe it's been a year since an oil rig explosion caused one of the biggest environmental disasters in history. Besides the ecological and environmental impact caused by the Gulf oil spill, many have been left with lingering doubts about the safety of Gulf seafood. But here are the facts: Gulf seafood is the most tested seafood stock in the world and the NOAA, FDA and EPA all agree that Gulf seafood is safe to eat. Gulf seafood consistently tests 100 to 1,000 times lower than the safety thresholds established by the FDA for the residues of oil and dispersant contaminants. Of all the Gulf seafood tested after the oil spill, over 99 percent has shown absolutely no oil or dispersant residue. The FDA attributes these test results to the stringent safety standards used when opening waters for fishing. The bottom line is that all the fears about Gulf seafood are unfounded. It's time to support the waters that support Alabama. It's time to serve the Gulf. I'm Vanessa Oubre and that's my take. What's yours?

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