New ways of screening seafood for contaminants are part of the ECsafeSEAFOOD project that's funded by the European Union.
Contamination of the oceans over time has raised controversy over the impact on marine life and, in turn, public health.
Microplastics, pharmaceuticals, endocrine-disrupting compounds, personal care products, marine biotoxins and heavy metals are well known examples of marine litter that cause harmful algal blooms.
Project leaders are in the process of fine-tuning the tools they created to assess the toxicological impact of contaminants on seafood.
They plan to set new recommendations for processing and cooking seafood based on the amount of contaminants they find.
An online consumer tool is in the works, which reveals the risks of consuming different types of seafood based on contamination levels.
Major developments to date will be published in a special issue of the journal Environmental Research devoted to the project.
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Last month, researchers at the University of South Florida developed a handheld gadget that's capable of identifying the species of fish you're eating even after it's been cooked and seasoned.
The need for this product is urgent in light of estimations that up to 30 percent of seafood that enters the US alone is fraudulently labelled.