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Scientists discuss safety of Gulf seafood

WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- The fall shrimping season began Monday in the Gulf of Mexico and fisherman are concerned about possible toxins affecting food safety.

On Thursday, fishermen and researchers met on Capitol Hill to discuss consumer safety.

Some fishermen believe more testing is necessary, while federal scientists say there is no reason for people to fear the seafood.

"We do not want one bit of contaminated seafood to enter our markets. This would finish off our market for our seafood that has already been tarnished if not destroyed," said Acy J. Cooper, Jr., a fisherman.

"It is probably tested more than any seafood that is tested anywhere in the United States," said Adm. Thad Allen, a national incident commander.

University of Georgia scientists say the outlook presented Thursday is far too rosy. They say nearly 80 percent of the oil that spilled from the well is still out there.

Many scientists are concerned oil will make its way up the food chain and onto the dinner table. They say only time will tell if that happens.

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