Marine researches have known for months that fish in some of the ocean water near Los Angeles are as contaminated by DDT as any fish anywhere.
INTVU WITH FEDERAL FOOD AND DRUG ADMIN OFFICIAL, DAN KLEVER
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Background: Marine researches have known for months that fish in some of the ocean water near Los Angeles are as contaminated by DDT as any fish anywhere.
It wasn't until this month (December) that the government made its first seizure of commercial salt water fish contaminated by DDT. They had been caught within twenty miles of the coast near where sewer lines pour into the ocean. They were king and queen fish caught by this company. They contained four times as much DDT as government standards allow. Eight thousand pounds of fish were locked up here before they could be marketed for human consumption. 12-hundred pounds had already been solf for pet food. That shipment could not be traced, nor could the food and drug administration say what might happen if the fish was eaten.
Scientists now say it would be hard for any fish in water of the Los Angeles coast to escape contamination of one kind or another.