A simple, rapid test has proven effective for screening seafood for petrochemical taint after an oil spill. This test was widely used after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The test was the screening tool at the point of harvest in order to determine if there was obvious oil contamination of the seafood. The test is sensitive to human detection at a level of over 100 times the level of concern for napthalenes in the BP oil spill. Examples lay personnel and media can relate to their personal experience are effective for explaining scientific analytical test procedures.
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Lampila, L. E. (2013). Seafood Safety During an Oil Spill and the Sniff Test. The Journal of Extension, 51(4), Article 16. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.51.04.16