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I went to the Trout River Fish Company about a month ago to buy a bushel of oysters. My only requirement was that they NOT be from oil slicked waters. I asked a lady salesperson if she had any oysters available, she said she did and how much would I like. My father, 73 years old and oblivious to the dangers of petrol-coated foods, told her we wanted a bushel. I interrupted and asked where they were harvested and she said: "Louisiana". I apologized and explained I wasn't comfortable with foods coming from that location. Then, as my back was turned, I heard her say: "Well, the government says they're safe to eat!" To which I replied: "Is it cheaper for the government to pay BILLIONS of dollars to those fishermen and their families that have lost their livelihoods due to the spill, not to mention the other industries that were stomped on by the spill? Or cheaper AND easier for them to say: "It's ok to eat the fish there."? I also told her that she couldn't PAY a representative of government to eat seafood from those waters, but they'll tell the public all day long that it's safe for US! Then, today, I ran across THIS on CNN.com:
If you're not responsible enough to your customers to purchase from waters unaffected by the BP spill, FIND A NEW PROFESSION! I've purchased seafood from Trout River Fish Co. for over 30 years, but I won't anymore. I didn't appreciate the saleswoman's attitude, basically implying that I wasn't entitled to my concerns for my health and that of the guests I would have served that food to. That's like a server dropping your food on a dirty floor and then giving you attitude when you refuse to eat it.I feel that they are putting people in danger and the people in this area should be warned of it. Some people may not think to ask where the oysters are coming from because we, in Florida, almost always assume that our oysters are harvested from Apalachicola, FL. If a child or elderly person were to eat oysters tainted with petrol and the dispersant used to "clean it up", it could be deadly! If someone is immune compromised, they would be in grave danger by ingesting chemically infected seafood. PLEASE!! If you're planning on purchasing seafood, and you've heard that the GOVERNMENT says it's safe from Louisiana, Mississippi, or the eastern coast of Texas, IT'S NOT TRUE!! The seafood, especially oysters, crabs, and shrimp because they are filter feeders and STOCKPILE the chemicals in the water, are NOT SAFE TO EAT. They won't be for the entire lifetimes of the people living during that spill! If you go to Alaska and dig just INCHES into the shore, you'll find OIL from the Exxon/Valdez spill that occurred in 1989!!!! I have friends in those areas, and there are MASS reports of skin disorders, headaches, respiratory disorders, and even oil-slicked RAIN that started just weeks after the spill there. If these people are producing these symptoms WITHOUT eating the seafood from those waters, imagine what could happen if you DO eat that seafood.
Trout River Fish Co is located at 8074 N Main St, Jacksonville, FL. This location is in the Panama Park neighborhood. This business specializes in Specialty Food Stores and has 2 review(s) with a star rating of 3.6.
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