Medical News and Perspectives
January 14, 2004

FDA Warns on Mercury in Tuna

JAMA. 2004;291(2):171. doi:10.1001/jama.291.2.171

Pregnant women, women of childbearing age who might become pregnant, nursing mothers, and young children could be exposed to unsafe levels of mercury in tuna and thus should limit the amount of tuna they eat, according to the latest draft advisory from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Earlier drafts had suggested these groups should avoid eating shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish outright because these fish contain high levels of mercury that can damage the nervous system of a developing fetus or young child. The updated draft advisory is the first to specifically address mercury levels in tuna.

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