written by Nancy Hepp
Research and Communications Specialist
Four recent items left me scratching my head regarding fish consumption:
- Is that fish safe to eat? Sorting through new guidelines: After possibly scaring away too many people, especially pregnant and breastfeeding women and their growing kids, from eating fish due to fears of mercury, the Food and Drug Administration says that everyone should eat more fish.
- The FDA draft guidelines: Fish: What Pregnant Women and Parents Should Know
- FDA’s proposed fish advisory could increase mercury poisoning: groups warn FDA experts at meeting this week: In comments to a federal risk communication meeting, the groups point out that recommendation to simply “eat more fish” is oversimplified and unlikely to achieve the intended benefits because methylmercury and omega-3 concentrations vary widely between fish species.
- Folks who eat fish tested, show high mercury levels: Health authorities in Michigan are awaiting test results for elevated levels of chemicals and metals in people who eat lots of Great Lakes fish. Blood and urine from volunteers in Michigan and two other states were tested for PCBs, pesticides, mercury, lead and cadmium.