Poll: How Will You Advise Pregnant Patients about Fish Consumption?


Levels of exposure that are defined as 'safe' by the official limits, are actually having non-trivial adverse effects, according to new reports.

A new report issued by the Biodiversity Research Institute recommends a revision of the guidelines on the amount of fish women consume during pregnancy.

One report indicates that studies have found adverse effects below exposure levels recently considered ‘safe’ and states: “Several of these studies clearly show that the consumption of ordinary amounts of fish with higher mercury levels can cause health risks to the developing foetus and children.”

"Levels of exposure that are defined as safe by the official limits, are actually having adverse effects," said Dr. Edward Groth, author of one of two new reports.“"These are not trivial effects, these are significant effects. There does appear to be evidence now, fairly persuasive evidence, that adverse effects occur from normal amounts of seafood consumption."

Together, the reports encourage the adoption of a new benchmark for safe mercury consumption at approximately 25% of what is currently recommended in the U.S.


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