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Funds expected for tests on bay fish
By Marty Schladen
The Daily News
Published February 21, 2005
Funding is on tap from two sources to test seafood taken from mid and lower Galveston Bay.
The news comes after the Texas Department of State Health Services last month issued a warning that speckled trout taken from the upper bay was contaminated with PCBs. The state also renewed a 15-year-old advisory that catfish and blue crabs taken in the same area were contaminated with dioxin.
Both contaminants are industrial chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, infertility, blood disorders, brain damage, lung disease, kidney disease and other illnesses.
Under both advisories, consumers are warned to limit themselves to 8 ounces or less of the seafood from the area a month. Children and women of childbearing age are warned to abstain altogether.
Last week, officials with the state health department said the warning did not extend beyond the Houston Ship Channel and the upper bay because they had inadequate data to make such a determination elsewhere.