Seafood experts along with the government have deemed Gulf seafood safe to eat. Tests upon tests have been conducted before this crucial and potentially life-threatening decision was made, so consumers should feel safe eating seafood that has been fished out of the Gulf.
One-third of the Gulf area is closed that was affected by the spill, meaning that only seafood from the remaining opened waters can be fished, which tests have shown are not contaminated. So seafood from the Gulf Coast should be safe to eat.
However, if you still have doubts, simply follow a few tips on keeping you and your family safe from contaminated seafood.
The smaller the fish, the less chance there is of contamination. Bigger fish feed on smaller fish, which results in the bigger fish potentially consuming lots more contamination. So stick to smaller fish like sardines and stay away from larger fish like sharks and tuna.
If you are purchasing seafood to cook at home, make sure you know where it's from. If it's not labeled, then ask. And if no one can tell you where it's from, then you should probably skip it. The best place to buy seafood is from a trust-worthy fish monger. The same goes for seafood when eating out in restaurants. If the menu isn't labeled with the location the fish is from, then ask the chef. He should be able to tell you.
Just because a restaurant or grocery store is selling a certain type of seafood, doesn't necessarily mean it is safe to consume. Make sure your do your own research before buying any food and stay as up-to-date as possible.
In the end, no matter what articles you read or what the government says, you should make your own judgments about whether or not seafood from the Gulf Coast is safe to eat. If you don't feel safe consuming it, look for seafood from Canada or that was farm-raised. Make your own decisions for yourself and your family to keep them safe and healthy.