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July 2nd, 2010
11:00 AM ET

'Top Chef' pledges to use Gulf seafood

(CNN) – Seeing the images of the oil spill may make you wonder if seafood from the Gulf is safe to eat. Well, one of the most famous chefs in the world decided to check it out for himself. He watched how they're testing fish and oysters in the Gulf and he came away with this advice: Eat it. Chef Tom Colicchio of Craft Restaurants and head judge on Bravo's "Top Chef" joined us on Friday's American Morning to explain why he's cooking with and promoting Gulf seafood. Watch Video


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  1. Erin Turner

    the former president of the philippines Corazon Aquino died also of colon cancer.~`

    July 12, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  2. Smith in Oregon

    It appears a great deal of effort to remove much of the concerns and stress on the Louisiana BP blown OIl gusher is to not be entirely truthful in disclosures and discovery regarding Health and Safety Issues.

    Not entirely truthful, what do I mean by that?

    Safe levels of toxins, poisons and carcinogens are dynamic, meaning they were compared against levels by federal scientists working for the Federal EPA some 30 years ago.

    The safe levels on the mere 500 out of some 10,000 compounds is at best 'archaic' (out of date) and largely missing many thousands of possibly dangerous compounds which are not 'specifically' being tested for and there are no federal 'safe' limits determined for.

    What is the difference between 'Safe' and 'Healthy'? There is a great difference between those two findings and the very point.

    There are detectable levels of Mercury, Lead, Cadmium, Titanium and dozens of pesticides in ALL seafood. IF federal EPA scientists tested for just those known toxic, poisonous and carcinogenic compounds alone and 'truthfully' found the levels of those poisons were 'lower' than the levels deemed 'unsafe' they would declare that seafood 'Safe'. If any of the many thousands of compounds were added to the list and later testing found their levels were 'unsafe' then retroactively it was 'unsafe' for humans to consume the previous 'safe' seafood.

    Ok, so EPA declared 'safe' doesn't mean healthy then? YES!

    There is NO level of consuming Mercury, Lead, Cadmium, Titanium and dozens of pesticides that is 'Healthy'. Some damage to YOU, or your spouse, wife, children is going to occur as your body attempts to repair the damage. Some poisons like Mercury and Lead collect in the body, making repeated exposure a distinct Health Problem and Concern.

    What is 'Healthy' is not the same as a Governmental Agency declaring something is 'Safe'. And 'Safe' entirely depends on what those scientists actually looked for VS what those scientists didn't look for nor had set acceptable levels for when found.

    The ever changing standards of what a safe level of those poisons and toxins are at that time could in months or years from now declare what they had previously deemed as 'safe' is thereafter deemed 'unsafe'.

    Sadly, the very notion of seafood now being 'Healthy' regardless of all the additional toxins, poisons and carcinogens have been added by the enormous Louisiana BP Oil gusher is now in question.

    July 10, 2010 at 7:59 pm |
  3. Tony Mississippi

    My understanding is they are testing for oil-based contamination, not for the multitude of known toxic chemicals that have been used to sink the oil.
    No way I would eat seafood from the Gulf now. If they had not used all the chemicals I would have no problem with trusting them with the testing. We just do not know how the huge amount of chemicals will affect the food supply.
    I feel terrible about this since I want to support the peoples of the Gulf any way I can. Which is why I wrote everyone I could think of including the White House begging them to not use the chemicals.
    Support the Gulf I do, but not at the potential cost of my families health. And I do not trust the EPA even if they said it was safe.

    July 6, 2010 at 7:12 pm |
  4. Tammy

    Some one should explane how the oil spill will afect the seafood in the gulf . Does it the oil harm the bottom feeders like the shrip and crab and lobsters? And the wheals and dallfens and the other things that they eat like fish? if so how ? please leave me and answer at the e-mail above thank you

    July 6, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  5. fatsean

    Drill, baby, Drill!

    No, sorry. These states had a chance to force responsible drilling...let them lay in the bed they made.

    I'm boycotting all Gulf Coast seafood. Can't trust 'em.

    July 4, 2010 at 8:53 pm |
  6. Pamela

    Thank you Mr. Colicchio!!! Thank you!!

    July 4, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  7. Mark

    Umm, guess I won't be eating at Colicchio's any time soon. He really had no choice but to say that, but, ummm....nope, me and my family will avoid the contaminated disaster area.

    July 3, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  8. Smith in Oregon

    Good, I hope he actually eat's his own food as well. Then in 20 or 30 years we can see if he comes down with Stomach or Colon cancer as a direct result.

    July 2, 2010 at 4:58 pm |