Bioscience

Arizona lab to test Gulf fish for oil contamination

June 16, 2010

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: The Arizona Republic] – Arizona’s public-health laboratory will be a key player in the federal government’s effort to find out whether oil is contaminating seafood in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Arizona Department of Health Services lab is among four state facilities nationally that will team with four federal labs to measure the impact of the massive British Petroleum oil leak on the region’s seafood. The federal Food and Drug Administration says the testing is important to consumers and the fishing industry.

The labs will be testing for contaminants from oil continuing to spill from the blowout of the Deepwater Horizon offshore-drilling rig.

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