July 2nd, 2010
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Hot on the heels of yesterday's House testimony on the topic of childhood health, Top Chef's Tom Colicchio joins the teeming ranks of chefs encouraging Americans to have faith in the seafood coming out of the Gulf. Colicchio recently traveled there to inspect the situation first hand and tells CNN that he's putting his money where your mouth is - and that diners should do the same.

Chefs John Besh, Marcus Samuelsson, Bryan and Michael Voltaggio, Michel Nischan and others recently spoke with Eatocracy on the oil spill's impact on the seafood industry. Watch the FULL VIDEO

See all Gulf Coast seafood coverage on Eatocracy and full coverage throughout CNN

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  1. Chace Smith

    There was a non toxic Alternative to clean up the spill that has been successfully tested by BP after 10 months of spill damages. The Coast Guard sent a letter from headquarters stating to the FOSC to take action with OSE II, and the EPA, Lisa Jackson stopped the Coast Guard from allowing BP from implementing OSE II. In fact the EPA stopped the application of OSE II 11 times denying State Senators direct request for use of OSE II from Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. La Department of environmental requested the use of OSE II as well, EPA's Sam Coleman denied their request without reason. Governor Jindal tried to get OSE II demonstrated on the Chandelier Islands on May 6, 2010, and the EPA stopped the Governor as well. The EPA in fact stopped the use of OSE II 11 times, without a reason given. Had the EPA allowed Governor Jindal to allow the demonstration of OSE II on May 6, 2010, it is possible a significant portion of the environmental damages, including the shorelines and the seafood industry would have been spared. The toxicty test comparison between OSE II and corexit really cannot be compared since with corexit, the label states it can cause red blood cells to burst, kidney, and liver problems if a chemical suit and respirator are not worn. OSE II in contrast can be used to wash your hands and is non toxic. The BP Deep Horizon spill has proven that corexit only sinks oil and causes the same oil to be addressed a second time when it comes ashore as under water plumes, or tar balls, while OSE II has a substantiated end point of converting oil to CO2 and water. See Coast Guard letter below

    U. S. Department
    of Homeland Security
    United States
    Coast Guard

    Commanding Officer 1 Chelsea Street
    U. S. Coast Guard New London, CT 06320
    Research and Development Center Staff Symbol: Contracting Office
    Phone: (860) 271-2807

    July 10, 2010

    OSEI Corporation
    P.O. Box 515429
    Dallas, TX 75251

    Attn: Steven Pedigo, President/Owner


    We are pleased to inform you that the initial screening of your White Paper submitted under Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) HSCG32-10-R-R00019 has been completed. It has been determined that your White Paper submission has a potential for benefit to the spill response effort.

    Your White Paper has been forwarded to the Deepwater Horizon Response Federal On-Scene Coordinator (FOSC) for further action under its authority. Subject to the constraints and needs of the ongoing oil spill response, you may be contacted by the FOSC or the responsible party.

    We appreciate your interest in supporting the Deepwater Horizon Response effort.

    Contracting Officer /s/
    USCG R&D Center

    April 5, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
  2. jason

    This story is a plant, it stinks, and BP prob paid him, like the judge in the drilling moratorium case, stinks like garbage, prob is.....

    July 16, 2010 at 9:52 pm |
  3. emilie

    pretty sure he's far more educated in regards to the food industry and all that it entails than any of you dimwits – except for you, leslie. at least one person has thankfully listened to calicchio from start to finish.

    July 10, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  4. pimpin

    the recent media blackout has caused people to (temporarily) forget about this catastrophe. It will hit home soon enough...

    July 7, 2010 at 10:39 am |
    • Kat Kinsman

      We've got a big story coming up later today. Stay tuned.

      July 7, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  5. popeye

    Serve yourself but don't pass me the oil and despersant tainted sea food. I'd starve before i put that @#$@ in my mouth.

    July 2, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  6. Al

    It really doesn't matter, only 2% of this country's fish and shrimp come from our own shores...the rest comes from southeast Asia.....we don't do squat in this country accept consume.....

    July 2, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
  7. Jonathan Maki

    Thanks Chef Colicchio...Please fan the Louisiana Seafood Board at: http://facebook.com/LouisianaSeafood

    or on Twitter http://twitter.com/LaSeafoodBoard

    for the updates on the current conditions of Gulf Seafood and the Fishermen

    July 2, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
  8. Roger Gmehlin

    He's an idiot then, I'm a Chef as well, and with all the pollution that's been happening in the gulf coast over the last 20 years, it's a sad thing to say but no thanks for me...

    July 2, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
  9. Brian

    As if our own natural pollutants of our Beef and Chicken meat supply wasn't bad enough, now we have world renowned chef's telling us that a little BP oil is good for us? What is it like Olive Oil of something? Are the good executuve management people of BP doing the culinary world a huge favor by pre-marinating the seafood before it reaches market? Let's get serious, this is going to alter our planet and peoples lifes for decades to come. I am all for looking for the silver lining, but we need serious people, doing serious things to solve this unnatural disaster. Thanks for your time in reading my blurb post.

    July 2, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
    • Leslie

      Brian- clean out your ears and listen again. He never said that BP oil is good for you as a marinade. He said that the seafood is clean – i.e., has no BP oil in the area. Marine scientists are constantly testing the waters and the fish, closing areas when they find something. They've found no contamination in the vast majority of the fishing areas.

      July 2, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
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