Pregnant and breastfeeding women encouraged to eat more fish that is lower in mercury

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The FDA and EPA recently issued draft advice on how much fish is safe to eat. They concluded that pregnant and breastfeeding women, those who might become pregnant, and young children should eat more fish that is lower in mercury.

“For years many women have limited or avoided eating fish during pregnancy or feeding fish to their young children,” said Stephen Ostroff, M.D., the FDA’s acting chief scientist. “But emerging science now tells us that limiting or avoiding fish during pregnancy and early childhood can mean missing out on important nutrients that can have a positive impact on growth and development as well as on general health.”

Fish that is lower in mercury includes shrimp, pollock, salmon, canned light tuna, tilapia, catfish and cod. The Washington Department of Health has a handy Healthy Fish Guide to help you choose fish that is low in mercury.

Before issuing the final advice, EPA and FDA will consider public comments. They also intend to conduct a series of focus groups.

Read the full press release at http://1.usa.gov/1u1wNkx .