Friday, November 12, 2004

Updated Government Study Finds Mercury Levels in Women and Young Children Are Not of Concern

By finding that mercury levels in women and young children are very low and “not of concern,” a new study from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) should reassure all Americans that eating fish, such as canned tuna, is safe and should be encouraged because of the many health benefits associated with seafood consumption.

Published in the November 5 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the CDC’s new study confirms that mercury levels from fish consumption for women and young children in the U.S. are well below any level of concern.

Of added significance, the new CDC study updated previous estimates of mercury levels in women and young children and found that concentrations in the blood of American women have actually declined over a four-year period (1999-2002). At the same time, the new CDC report confirms previous findings that no child in the U.S. has mercury levels that are even close to the EPA’s reference dose and are not at risk from consuming seafood.