Mercury Policy Project

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U.S. Gives “Fishy” Advice, Exposing Babies to Too Much Mercury

January 18th, 2017

Pregnant women who follow the new U.S. fish advice will be exposed to far too much mercury, say scientists and advocates. A recent study by MPP and EWG shows that following the new U.S. advisory will put babies at risk. “Our research suggests that women who follow this advice will consume dangerous amounts of mercury,” said Sonya Lunder, an EWG senior scientist who joined MPP in a statement. “Women of child bearing age and pregnant women in particular need advice to reduce their exposure. This advice doesn’t do that.” Research (since updated) indicates that nearly half (47%) of American’s exposure to methylmercury comes from tuna consumption, with the following contributions: canned albacore (20%), canned light (19%) and frozen/sushi (8%). “FDA’s advice does not protect babies—nor future generations—from mercury exposure risks,” said Michael Bender, director of the Mercury Policy Project. “The most important advice any agency could give to pregnant women to reduce their mercury exposure is “Don’t eat tuna.” Consumers interested in low mercury fish high in beneficial nutrients can visit EWG’s guide.


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