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Toxic Mercury Levels Surging in Tuna

 Consumer Reports is sounding the alarm about mercury in tuna, following a new study showing levels of the toxic heavy metal in tuna have increased dramatically over the last 15 years.

Toxic Mercury Levels Surging in Tuna

That means current federal dietary guidelines for Americans may be advising consumers to eat more than they should — particularly pregnant women and children. Consumer Reports is challenging federal health officials’ position that the benefits of eating tuna outweigh the risks. Using the current safety limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency, a new analysis by the magazine's health experts indicates that a 48-pound child who eats more than 1.4 ounces of tuna per week — about one-third of a can, or the amount in a single sandwich — could be at risk for brain-damaging mercury exposure.

Toxic Mercury Levels Surging in Tuna

A woman weighing about 140 pounds would exceed it by eating more than 4.5 ounces weekly.

“We believe the [Food and Drug Administration] should advise stricter limits on tuna consumption and educate people about other fish that have health benefits without the risks,” says Jean Halloran, director of food policy initiatives for Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of the nonprofit Consumer Reports organization.

“It isn’t simple, but that’s no excuse for the FDA to throw up its hands and give no help to pregnant women who may have a toddler to feed and a family to cook for.”

Canned tuna is the second most popular seafood in the U.S. (shrimp is No. 1) and is responsible for about 37 percent of Americans’ dietary mercury exposure.


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