Jul 2, 2010 2:34 PM by Greg Boyce

Local shrimp sales slide

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is causing problems for a Pueblo County business, showing just how far reached the effects can be.

Don Kehoe started a small business in Colorado City in southern Pueblo County in February selling tackle, bait, crab legs, shrimp and even firewood.  He was a commercial fisherman for decades before moving to Colorado.  He uses his contacts in the Gulf to buy shrimp, selling it retail from his Colorado City Outpost, as well as wholesale to area restaurants.

And business was good.  He says he was selling 75 pounds of shrimp a day.  Until the oil spill.  He now sells about 5 pounds of shrimp a day, because people think it is unsafe.

He says the product is not unsafe and the Food and Drug Administration agrees

The FDA website has the following information on its website:

Although crude oil has the potential to taint seafood with flavors and odors caused by exposure to hydrocarbon chemicals, the public should not be concerned about the safety of seafood in stores at this time
Fish and shellfish harvested from areas unaffected by the closures are considered safe to eat

Call 1-888-INFO-FDA with questions or concerns about seafood or to report any seafood you have purchased that you suspect of being contaminated with oil.



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