Eat Fish Often? Calculate Your Mercury Risk Now
February 23, 2005
It'swell known that eating seafood contaminated with mercury is a threatto human health, and particularly to pregnant women and children.A campaign has been started by Gotmercury.org and the Turtle IslandRestoration Network to protect the public from these toxic effects.
Even the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns pregnant women,children and women who might become pregnant to avoid eating certainfish species because of their excessively high levels of methylmercury.These include:
- King mackerel
- Tuna (reduce intake)
A major goal of the campaign is to reduceU.S. consumption of swordfish, tuna and other mercury-contaminatedseafood. They state two primary reasons for this:
- Mercury-contaminated seafood is a major public health concern.
- Long-line fishing fleets that target swordfish and tuna also catch endangered sea turtles and other marine life, which is profoundly upsetting the ecological balance of the world's oceans.
There are no mercury advisories to warn consumers of this potentialthreat, so GotMercury.org has developed a calculator to help consumersgauge how much mercury they are eating. The "Got Mercury? Calculator"http://www.gotmercury.org/ can help you decide how much, and whattype, of seafood is safe for you and your family. And, it'ssimple: Just enter your weight, the seafood type and quantity, andhit the calculator button. The online calculator will tell you whetheryour consumption exceeds the EPA's safe limit for mercury.
GotMercury.orgFebruary 7, 2005