MORE NORTHERN MARIANAS CRABS TESTED FOR PCB CONTAMINATION

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SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (January 10, 2001 0 Radio Australia)---Further testing is being carried out on all land crabs collected from Tanapag village on Saipan.

The crabs have been sent to a private laboratory on the U.S. mainland to determine the extent of cancer-causing polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contamination.

Public health and environment officials are waiting for the test results so they can modify a health advisory issued to the Tanapag community.

Meantime, the Department of Public Health has asked people to refrain from eating land crabs caught in the village area after preliminary sampling results showed that five of eight land crabs surveyed were found to be contaminated with PCBs from discarded U.S. military equipment.

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