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Posted Thu Apr 9 2009: from Daily World (Washington):
Chemical found in mussels on Twin Harbors
Testing sites at the Westport jetty and at Nahcotta in Willapa Bay are among those that showed evidence of toxic chemicals used in fire retardants, according to a report issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. But the public does not have to be alarmed about the chemical entering the food supply, said Gunnar Lauenstein, a program manager for NOAA and one of the report's authors. The administration issued the nationwide report last week, which documented levels of Polybrominated diphenyl ethers -- a chemical present in many household products, including flame retardants.... Polybrominated diphenyl ethers are common in household products such as mattresses, computers and televisions. The chemical is thought to affect brain development and reproduction in humans and animals. The chemical accumulates in the fatty tissue of mussels, and scientists use the tissue to gauge how much of the chemical is in an area of coastal water.... Lauenstein added that although evidence of the chemical has been found, mussels are still safe for the public to eat.
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'Doc Michael says:
I guess it's lucky that vertebrates don't have any fatty tissues!
WTF is this NASA scientist saying? These chemicals are being found in fatty tissues of carnivores everywhere: polar bears, killer whales, dolphins, and on and on. As the mussels are eaten, they get concentrated in the "fatty tissues" of the predators, and on up the food chain.

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