- 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
- Coal-powered utility plants are the biggest
producers of mercury emissions that contaminate streams, lakes and rivers.
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