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Pregnant Women, Tuna Don't Mix, New Recommendation Says

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By    |   Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 04:18 PM

Consumer Reports on Thursday recommended that pregnant women avoid eating tuna because of concerns about mercury intake that might harm their babies, an advisory that flies in the face of federal recommendations to eat more fish while pregnant.

In June, the Food and Drug Administration updated advice on its website to reflect that women who are pregnant or nursing should eat 8 to 12 ounces of fish each week, and the information specified that the fish should be low in mercury. Those include, according to the FDA, salmon, shrimp, Pollock, tuna (light canned), tilapia, catfish, and cod.

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The fish that tend to be highest in mercury, the FDA said, include tilefish from the Gulf of Mexico, shark, swordfish and king mackerel; white (albacore) tuna should be limited to six ounces per week.

Mercury levels in the ocean have risen 30 percent in the last two decades, Consumer Reports noted. Mercury ingestion has been tied to brain and nervous system damage, particularly in fetuses but sometimes, depending on the levels, in children and adults.

Consumer Reports, which has said for at least a decade that pregnant women should limit their intake of fish that may contain mercury, said its experts analyzed the FDA data and identified about 20 different seafood choices that could be eaten weekly.

“However, Consumer Reports disagrees with the recommendations from the FDA and EPA on how much tuna women and children may eat. (We don’t think pregnant women should eat any.) We also believe the agencies do not do enough to guide consumers to the best low-mercury seafood choices,” CR wrote.

“We’re particularly concerned about canned tuna, which is second only to shrimp as the most commonly eaten seafood in the U.S.,” said Jean Halloran, director of food policy initiatives for Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, in the article.

Given its popularity and its mercury content, canned tuna accounts for 28 percent of Americans’ exposure to mercury, according to an analysis by an EPA researcher published in 2007.

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Consumer Reports on Thursday recommended that pregnant women avoid eating tuna because of concerns about mercury intake that might harm their babies, an advisory that flies in the face of federal recommendations to eat more fish while pregnant.
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