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any reluctance about eating gulf coast shrimp and oysters??

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Is the BP oil spill still a factor??

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  1. No, although long term effects on those whose diet is heavily laden can not be determined.

    1. In New Orleans and the MS Gulf Coast, I have found that the shrimp, crabs and fish are fine to eat...and still delicious.

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      Gulf Coast Restaurants
      1200 S Clearview Pkwy, New Orleans, LA 70123

      1. If there is a problem the class action suit against almost every restaurant from Panama City to Lake Charles is going to be a doozy.

        I have never stopped eating seafood and don't know any of my friends/family that have stopped.

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        1. re: collardman

          I've heard a lot of people turn it down, even over here near Houston. I just say - good, more for me. I've never stopped eating it and doubt there would be anything that would cause me to stop eating it.

          1. re: texasredtop

            I also live in Houston and this Gulf Coast question drives me crazy. People from outside the area seem to think the coast begins and ends in Louisiana. Guess what? Your Gulf Coast seafood is just as likely to come from anywhere from Florida, to Texas, or Mexico. If I knew the seafood was from Louisiana, I would still eat it.

        2. If you think of what has been coming down the MS River for the last 100 years and we have eaten the seafood without a problem, the BP oil spill is not worth mentioning.

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          1. re: Panama Hat

            That's my rationalization, too. What's a little Corexit when compared with the immense pesticide, herbicide, and fertilizer runoff from the agricultural Midwest? All of life is risk, and we over-focus on food risks these days. Maybe it's a substitute for nuclear worries...

            1. re: Panama Hat

              Kinda what I always said too.... I'm thinking the 'yellow fever' bodies thrown in the River would have been a deterrent long before the oil spill.... or the DDT... I've eaten it my whole life, and I'm fine. I will always support the Gulf Coast (even TX ;), so yes, it's fine to eat.

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              Gulf Coast Restaurants
              1200 S Clearview Pkwy, New Orleans, LA 70123

            2. Due to the spill, Gulf Coast (and I mean Texas through Florida) seafood is probably the most closely monitored in the world, and the scientists aren't raising any alarm. This Florida resident eats it and is not worried.

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              Gulf Coast Restaurants
              1200 S Clearview Pkwy, New Orleans, LA 70123

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              1. re: gfr1111

                Have been to New Orleans several times and enjoyed the local cuisine. And have visited our own TX Gulf Coast several times and enjoyed fresh caught, right in front of the house, trout and shrimp and still here to write about it!

                1. re: gfr1111

                  This Texas girl eats it and LOVES it! I'll eat Gulf Coast seafood everyday of the week and twice on Sunday before I eat that stuff from Thailand/China.

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                  Gulf Coast Restaurants
                  1200 S Clearview Pkwy, New Orleans, LA 70123

                  1. re: FoodChic

                    +1 I've seen the shrimp farms in Thailand, and they are NASTY!