Warning Issued About
Mercury In Tuna
WASHINGTON - A coalition of environmental and health care groups in the United States has issued a warning about mercury levels in tuna fish.
The group, called Health Care Without Harm, says pre-school children should eat no more than one tuna fish sandwich a week. It also says pregnant women should avoid it altogether to protect against dangerous levels of mercury.
The coalition analyzed 27 samples of major brands of tuna, fish sticks and shrimp from grocery stores. Tuna contained the most mercury with an average of .167 parts per million.
Mercury can cause permanent brain and nervous system damage to the developing bodies of pre-schoolers and unborn babies.
Coal-powered utility plants are the biggest producers of mercury emissions that contaminate streams, lakes and rivers.
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