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Obama pronounces Gulf seafood safe to eat

President Barack Obama stands with Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, right, and Gulfport, Miss. Mayor George Schloegel, after he met with residents affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Monday, June 14, 2010, in Gulfport, Miss. President Barack Obama stands with Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, right, and Gulfport, Miss. Mayor George Schloegel, after he met with residents affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Monday, June 14, 2010, in Gulfport, Miss. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
June 14, 2010

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THEODORE, Ala.—President Barack Obama says from the oil-stricken Gulf of Mexico that seafood from the region is safe to eat and announced a new coordinated effort to make sure it stays that way.

In remarks from Theodore, Ala., on Monday, Obama said that the government will step up its inspections and monitoring to help ensure that the Gulf Coast food industry is getting the kind of protection and certification it needs to sell its products around the country.

Obama said, "We don't want tragedies on top of the tragedy we're already seeing."

The president had high praise for the Gulf seafood he ate for lunch in Mississippi. He is in the region on a two-day trip.