Mercury in Tuna Warning & Polluting
Background: Among seafood, tuna ranks second only to shrimp in
popularity in the US.
Story:The US government plans to warn pregnant women, nursing
mothers, young children and women of childbearing age to limit their consumption
of tuna because of concerns about mercury poisoning.A draft advisory from
the FDA and EPAfollows (below).
Congratulations: We congratulate the US government on showing concern
about the health of the nationby issuing this warning. There is no doubt
that methylmercury is highly toxic and dangerous.
Criticism:The government has eased the regulation of coal-fired
power plants, the largest source of mercury pollutionthat settlesin
the water and contaminates fish.While the government warns of mercury in
tuna, it lets our power plants continue topollute withmercury.
Barbara K. Hecht,
Frederick Hecht, M.D.
Medical Editors, MedicineNet.com
FDA Announces Comprehensive Foods Advisory on Methylmercury