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03/17/04



  

Save The Fishies

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BRUSSELS (Reuters 3/17/04) - Pregnant women should limit consumption of swordfish and tuna due to high mercury levels which can cause brain damage in unborn children, the EU's food safety authority said on Thursday

Pollution causes the toxic metal mercury to accumulate in fish and seafood, in the form of methylmercury. The European Union's food safety authority (EFSA) said consumers were close to reaching safe intake levels for the toxin.

"EFSA recommends that women of childbearing age...select fish from a wide range of species, without giving undue preference to large predatory fish such as swordfish and tuna," it said in a statement.

"Above safe levels of intake, methylmercury is particularly toxic to the nervous system and developing brain," added Josef Schlatter, chair of the EFSA scientific panel on contaminants in the food chain.

"Exposure during pregnancy and early infancy is therefore of particular concern."

EFSA said further dietary studies should be carried out among vulnerable population groups, including children and women of child-bearing age, as specific intake data were lacking.

 

 

     
 

 


Just say no to mercury!

 


Just say no to tuna!

 


 

 




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