FDA Issues Warning on Mercury in Fish

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Dec 12, 2003
George Anderson

By George Anderson


The Food and Drug Administration has issued an advisory on the health risks associated with the consumption of certain types of fish including canned albacore tuna.


The FDA has identified pregnant or nursing women and small children as the groups who should avoid consumption of fish with high mercury levels. Those most at risk to the harmful effects, such as brain damage, associated with mercury consumption are fetuses and small children.


A report by the Washington Post said eight percent of women of childbearing age in the US have levels of mercury in their system that could pose a threat to the health of an unborn child.


Moderator’s Comment: Do stores selling fish identified for containing high mercury levels have the moral obligation to provide a caution at the point
of purchase to customers at risk?


Sorry, Charlie. The signs have got to go up. There’s no justification for harming a child, even if the product (canned tuna) is one of the most frequently
purchased in the supermarket.
[George
Anderson – Moderator
]

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