BILOXI, MS (WLOX) – There has been lots of concern about the safety of our seafood with the Deepwater Horizon well blowout. Today about 60 seafood processors will learn how to sniff out oil.They’ll be trained to assist the seafood industry in providing additional evidence for seafood safety in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Harvest from Open Waters training will take place at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi. Sea Grant and Cooperative Extension Service specialists from the Gulf region developed the program to update current seafood safety approaches and add sensory and analytical screening.
During the training, oil from the Deepwater Horizon gusher will be added to different samples of Gulf seafood. Participants will learn how to identify unsafe seafood based on odor, appearance, texture, and taste.
The training is for seafood processors who get their seafood directly from fishermen. WLOX News will attend the training session and show you later today on WLOX.com and WLOX News what’s being done to insure the seafood being harvested and sold from our waters is safe.