Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Protect Kids from High-Mercury Seafood
Rachel, an Oceana supporter in California, used to eat fish like tuna and mahi mahi regularly- she figured it was delicious and healthy. But when she and her husband decided to have kids, her doctor made an alarming discovery: The level of mercury in Rachel's body was dangerous for an unborn child. He ordered her to cut high-mercury fish from her diet and delay pregnancy.
>> Ask your supermarket to post mercury warning signs at its seafood counters!
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Because of the neurological risks of mercury exposure, the Food and Drug Administration issued advice for women of child bearing age and children to avoid or limit certain types of fish, including swordfish and tuna.
The FDA's mercury recommendations, unfortunately, have failed to reach many families, like Rachel and her husband. In fact, an EPA scientist estimates one in six women of child bearing age currently has enough mercury in her body to pose neurological risks to a developing fetus.
To educate customers, a number of grocery stores, including Whole Foods and Trader Joe's, have joined Oceana's Green List by posting signs about the FDA mercury advice at their seafood counters. These signs alert customers to the danger of mercury in seafood and tell them which fish women of child bearing age and children should avoid right at the place where they're deciding what to buy.
But most stores are not yet posting signs about mercury at their seafood counters. So we need your help to convince supermarkets across the country to get on board.
Rachel's story has a happy ending because she found out about mercury in fish and took steps to reduce her mercury level before getting pregnant- she now has a happy, healthy little girl. But without sufficient warnings, many parents aren't as lucky as Rachel and are inadvertently putting their children at risk. For more information and real-life mercury stories, check out our video "Mercury, Seafood and You".
For the oceans,
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