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Will the FDA Adjust Recommendations For Pregnant Women Dangerously High?

Fish Consumption

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  • The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced it will update its outdated advisory for fish consumption among pregnant women and other high risk groups, but has not revealed when the revised advisory will be made public
  • The seafood industry is angling for favorable publicity to pressure FDA to relax warnings about mercury exposure risks from consuming certain fish
  • In November, the US ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury, thereby recognizing mercury as a major global pollutant, and promising to take steps to reduce mercury exposure
  • The US could embarrass itself internationally if it doesn’t follow the latest science and provide pregnant women with the information they need to protect their developing babies from exposure to higher mercury seafood
  • Two consumer advocacy groups have filed a lawsuit against the FDA, calling for warning labels about the health hazards of high-mercury fish

By Dr. Mercola

Fish has always been the best source for the animal-based omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA.

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