New Dish on Fish

More cautious guides released on safe seafood consumption

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WEDNESDAY, July 14, 2004 (HealthDayNews) -- Two new guides about safe fish consumption have been released by the Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) and the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP).

The guides, one written for doctors and the other for consumers, are more comprehensive and cautious than fish consumption guidelines recently announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The new guides recommend children and women of childbearing age avoid fish that have the highest levels of mercury and PCBs.

"Millions of American women and their children are at risk from mercury and PCB contamination from fish and other sources," Dr. Katherine M. Shea, one of the authors of the new guides, said in a prepared statement.

"These pollutants can cause problems with memory, attention, language,and other irreversible learning and health problems in children. These guides will help families protect themselves from mercury and PCB exposure through fish," Shea said.

More information

Here's where you can find the PSR/ARHP fish consumption guides.

SOURCE: Physicians for Social Responsibility/Association for Reproductive Health Professionals, news release, July 2004

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