Maybe the tuna will get little winged feet

Mercury in seafood is nothing new. But when the NY Times tested sushi-grade tuna, there was so much mercury in some pieces that the EPA could yank it from the market. The doctor quoted in the article recommended no more than one meal every three weeks – not too different than eating fish caught in New York Harbor. Deep Sea News has more detail, and blogfish has the tuna industry response.

Poor tuna. Between overfishing, mercury, and habitat destruction, can things get worse? Oh, yes – Kate Wing reports that Atlantic bluefin tuna can’t even make it in a Mamet play.

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One Response to Maybe the tuna will get little winged feet

  1. Katie says:

    Thanks for your post on the New York Time’s local story about mercury in sushi. Oceana, an international marine conservation organization, published an even more extensive national study on mercury levels in fresh tuna, swordfish and tilapia from supermarkets, and tuna and mackerel from sushi restaurants. The good news is that mackerel and tilapia are low-mercury fish and can be eaten safely. The bad news is that swordfish and fresh tuna have high levels of mercury, and consumers should be leery.

    The Food and Drug Administration has recommended that women of childbearing age and children completely avoid eating swordfish and limit consumption of fresh tuna to six ounces or less a week. Even if people are familiar with this advice concerning mercury, they probably don’t readily carry it while dining out or shopping for their weekly groceries. Additionally, Oceana’s study found that 87 percent of seafood counter attendants couldn’t provide shoppers with the FDA warning, so you shouldn’t rely on them to give you the government advice either.

    Posting signs in grocery stores would provide this crucial information in a way that is accessible and easily understood. Major grocery companies like Kroger, Safeway and Albertsons are posting the FDA advice at their seafood counters. Still other grocers, like Costco, Publix and A&P, refuse to post a sign and give this important information to their customers. There is no reason to cut seafood totally out of your diet, but it is important to know what kinds of fish are potentially harmful and how to avoid them. Check out Oceana’s new report and get the full story.

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