Intersting article on mercury in tuna and swordfish

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  1. MaineSucks

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    I've always thought the mercury hype was just that... hype. This is pretty interesting for those of you that would be adversely affected by higher levels of mercury (baby makin' wiminz and their offspring)

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    Store-bought Tuna, Swordfish Test High for Mercury


    Tests confirm mercury in fresh tuna and swordfish approaches or exceeds levels that pose risks to human health.

    1-31-2008

    A recent lab study by Oceana found mercury levels in store-bought tuna and swordfish may be much higher than levels that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers safe. Once mercury levels reach above 1 part per million (p.p.m.) in fish, the FDA considers this the “action level” and can remove the unsafe fish from stores. The nationwide study found one-third of tested tuna were above the action level and two-thirds of the tested swordfish exceeded the action level.

    Of the four Florida locations where yellowfin tuna was tested for mercury, the results averaged above 1 p.p.m. All the Florida stores tested were Publix Super Markets. The results were: St. Petersburg 1.8 p.p.m., Miami .93 p.p.m., Orlando .82 p.p.m. and Lakeland .77 p.p.m.

    “We were shocked that mercury levels in tuna were as high as those in many of the fish on FDA’s ‘do not eat’ list,” said Oceana senior campaign director Jacqueline Savitz.

    Fish with high mercury levels can affect, in particular, young children and women of child-bearing age. Mercury is a leading cause of birth defects. In 2004, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and FDA formally advised women of that age group and young children that they could eat up to 12 ounces of low-mercury seafood per week, but to avoid swordfish, tilefish, king mackerel and shark.

    To highlight healthy fish dishes for kids, consider the KidSafe Seafood Campaign (www.kidsafeseafood.org). This collaborative effort between chefs, pediatricians and seafood experts helps parents serve more nutritious seafood to their children. There are great benefits to eating fish, including heart-healthy Omega 3s and lean protein. KidSafe Seafood recommends wild Alaskan salmon, fresh tilapia, farmed blue mussels, Northern U.S. and Canadian shrimp, and U.S-farmed crayfish and bay scallops as their best choices.

    Of the two Florida locations tested for swordfish, each a Publix supermarket, a St. Petersburg store tested at 1.5 p.p.m., and a Miami store tested at 0.79 p.p.m. Some areas in New York and Connecticut had swordfish test above 2 p.p.m., more than twice the FDA action level. Two-thirds of swordfish tested were above the FDA action level, which would permit the administration to remove these fish from sale.

    Tilapia from grocery stores, and cero and Spanish mackerel in sushi restaurants are good low-mercury alternatives, finds the study.

    To help prevent future health problems, Oceana asks all the major grocery chains nationwide to post the EPA and FDA mercury advice at the point of sale. Five major companies, including roughly 3,000 grocery stores, have voluntarily agreed to post this information already.

    Florida recreational swordfishermen and tuna fishermen should be aware that all but one test from Florida locations came from either USA or Costa Rican waters.



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  2. BarbaraWaltersPegleg

    BarbaraWaltersPegleg Irish Guido

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    Jesus....how does this relate to canned Tuna that we all buy, sounds more to talking about fresh fish...yikes
     
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    albacore has more mercury then chunk light
     
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    applies as well, tuna has some of the highest mercury levels
     
  5. xela

    xela So say we all!

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    I eat a lot of tuna. Am I going to die? :noes:
     
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    no but your first born might have 6 heads :noes:
     
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    think of the possibilities...omg it could work in the circus!
     
  8. PurEvl

    PurEvl going out gassed and not half assed...

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    simple if your worried get tested...after getting tested 3 times i gave the fuck up on there bullshit. And I have eaten as much as 6 cans a day.
     
  9. MaineSucks

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    mmmm swordfish


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  10. xela

    xela So say we all!

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    I bet I could make some money off of that.
     
  11. xela

    xela So say we all!

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    That's awesome. There's nothing like going deep sea fishing and coming home, fileting your own fish and cooking it for dinner. I miss that!
     
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    Im having a Large tund sub from Subway as we speak, thanks Sean! :rofl:
     
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    the mercury is highly anabolic, especially when combined with SURGE
     
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    unless you eat like 5 cans a day, or a pregnant woman or child under 5, i wouldn't worry too much about it.
     
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    You do realize why they call mercury a HEAVY metal?
     
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    swordfish is so mmmmmmmmm
     
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    Buddy of mine would have 2-4 cans of tuna a day (tuna shakes) back in the day, now he has mercury poisoning and the detox is going to be a very long, painful road. I try to keep it to 1-2 cans a week.
     
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    I want to believe you but reading a post by HorseDick is always tough.
     
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    Friday night's catch.... got 17 bags of meat off this little guy. Was very surprised. We usually only get 8-9 bags of a 60"er
     
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    must have been a battle reeling it in
     
  24. xela

    xela So say we all!

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    Jealous!
     
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    tuna shake? :barf:
     
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