FDA/EPA recommends pregnant women to restrict their fish consumption because of methylmercury content
FDA and EPA are issuing a joint consumer advisory about mercury in fish and shellfish. The advice is for: women who might become pregnant; women who are pregnant; nursing mothers; and young children. This is significant because it is the first time FDA and EPA have combined their advice into a single uniform advisory. Previously FDA issued an advisory on consumption of commercially caught fish, while EPA issued advice on recreationally caught fish.
Message to the consumer:
Fish and shellfish are important parts of a healthy and balanced diet. They are good sources of high quality protein and other nutrients. However, depending on the amount and type of fish you consume it may be prudent to modify your diet if you are: planning to become pregnant; pregnant; nursing; or a young child. With a few simple adjustments, you can continue to enjoy these foods in a manner that is healthy and beneficial and reduce your unborn or young child's exposure to the harmful effects of mercury at the same time.
EPA Fish consumption advice
Opinion of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
Position UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA)
Comments by the Mercury Policy Project
Comment by the Global Power industry (Alan Caruba)
Collection of sites discussing chemical risks of mercury
altcorp dental information: Fish - Primary Mercury Source or Convenient Scapegoat?
Opinion of the US Tuna Foundation
Mercury in Perspective: Report by Resources Committee Chairman Richard W. Pombo (R-CA) and Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee Chairman Jim Gibbons (R-NV)