Mercury and Fish: The Facts
The Truth About the Mercury in Seafood and Other Fish
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Fish consumption – Benefits and Risks
How Well-Substantiated are Mercury Risks?
Who Should Be Concerned?
The Safe or “Reference” Dose
The FDA Action Level
Mercury Levels in Different Fish and Shellfish
Mercury in Tuna Fish
Does Methylmercury Occur Naturally?
Are Mercury Warnings Bad for Public Health?
Sources of Mercury Misinformation
Seafood Lobby Fables
Fable: The Benefits of Eating Fish far Outweigh the Minuscule Risks from Mercury
Fable: Pregnant Women Should Eat Lots of Fish, Because the Benefits to Their Babies’ Brains Will Far Outweigh Any Risks from Mercury
Fable: Mercury Risks are “Hypothetical”
Fable: No One Has Ever Been Harmed by Mercury in Commercially-Caught Fish
Fable: The EPA Reference Dose is 58 micrograms of mercury per liter of blood
Fable: The EPA Reference Dose is for lifetime exposure
Fable: The EPA Reference Dose includes a 10-fold “safety margin”
Fable: Fish That Meets the FDA Action Level for Mercury Poses No Risk
Fable: All Fish Are Alike; There Are No “Good Fish” or “Bad Fish”
Fable: Canned Light Tuna is a “Low-Mercury” Fish
Fable: Mercury in Ocean Fish Poses Little Risk Because it Occurs Naturally
Fable: People Are Eating Less Fish Because of Mercury Warnings
Fable: The Mercury “Scare” is Media and Environmentalist Hype
Mercury Facts in Fish is a project of the
Mercury Policy Project