Is Gulf Coast Seafood Safe to Eat?

By David Schoetz

Aug 16, 2010 6:02pm

The white shrimp season off the Gulf Coast opened today for the first time since BP's oil disaster, but are the crustaceans safe to eat?

Though the FDA, the NOAA and the state have officially OK'd fishing off the waters of Louisiana, many Americans and even local fisherman are wary of eating shrimp that have spent months living in oily water.  

ABC News sent samples of shrimp caught off the Gulf Coast last week to Texas Tech, where scientists tested every edible part of the shellfish for the presence of oil and dispersant.

The verdict?

"We were not able to find any evidence of oil residues," said Ron Kendall, director of the Texas Tech's department of environmental toxicology. Oil dispersants were also absent.  

We want to know what you think. Are shrimp from the Gulf Coast safe to eat? Would you eat them yourself?

Below, check out Matt Gutman's preview from today's "Good Morning America," and tune in tonight for his full report.

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