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HOUSTON/NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Technical issues on Monday muddled the timing of BP's planned final kill of its blown-out Gulf of Mexico oil well as concerns lingered over the food safety and health fallout from the world's worst offshore oil spill.

A relief well seen as the permanent solution for the crippled deepwater Macondo shaft was on hold while engineers studied the potential impact of pumping mud and cement into the bottom of the now sealed well, the long-awaited "bottom kill."

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