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FDA/EPA recommends pregnant women to restrict their fish consumption because of methylmercury content


Message to the consumer:

Fish and shellfish are important parts of a healthy and balanced diet. They are good sources of high quality protein and other nutrients. However, depending on the amount and type of fish you consume it may be prudent to modify your diet if you are: planning to become pregnant; pregnant; nursing; or a young child. With a few simple adjustments, you can continue to enjoy these foods in a manner that is healthy and beneficial and reduce your unborn or young child's exposure to the harmful effects of mercury at the same time.

Related information

 EPA Fish consumption advice

 Opinion of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

 Position UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA)

 Comments by the Mercury Policy Project

 Comment by the Global Power industry (Alan Caruba)

 Collection of sites discussing chemical risks of mercury

 altcorp dental information: Fish - Primary Mercury Source or Convenient Scapegoat?

 Opinion of the US Tuna Foundation

 Mercury in Perspective: Report by Resources Committee Chairman Richard W. Pombo (R-CA) and Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee Chairman Jim Gibbons (R-NV)


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