Washington, DC —
Real people have been sickened by mercury in fish according to a new report, demonstrating the importance of strong FDA advice about mercury in fish.
The new report, Over the Limit, shares stories like those of Dan Deeter, Will Smith and Wendy Moro, who each ate enough store-bought fish to suffer mercury’s effects, according to their physicians. From New Jersey to Wisconsin to California, these stories show that seafood contamination is a very real problem that should not be ignored.
In 2004, the FDA joined the EPA in releasing advice to restrict the species and amounts of fish eaten by pregnant women and children due to exposure risks to mercury.
On Friday, in a draft report submitted to the White House, the FDA proposed to not only rescind that advice, but recommend that sensitive populations eat more mercury-contaminated fish.
- Dr. Jane Hightower’s book, Diagnosis: Mercury: Money, Politics and Poison, athttp://www.diagnosismercury.org/
- Mercury Policy Project’s new report, Over the Limit, about patient histories related to mercury poisoning at http://www.mercurypolicy.org/
- Access the draft FDA report, EPA’s response and related information atwww.ewg.org/node/27431
- Calculator for personal use to estimate one’s mercury body-burden athttp://www.gotmercury.org/
- Joint FDA/EPA fish consumption advice at www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/admehg3.html