What are the EPA recommendations for eating fish?
Eat 2 to 3 servings of fish a week from the “Best Choices” list OR 1 serving from the “Good Choices” list. Serve children 2 servings of fish a week from the “Best Choices” list.
What is the level of mercury that the EPA considers to be safe?
Just as consumers can compare their dietary mercury doses with the EPA RfD, people who get their blood mercury level tested (as part of their annual physical, perhaps—recommended for people who eat fish often) can compare their results with the EPA Reference Level of 5.8 micrograms of mercury per liter of blood.
What are safe levels of mercury in fish?
Highest allowable average mercury concentration in fish per serving when eating 1 serving per week = 0.46 µg/g. Any fish with an average mercury concentration greater than 0.23 µg/g up to 0.46 µg/g was placed in the “Good Choices – eat 1 serving a week” category.
Is mercury in fish still a problem?
For most people, the risk from mercury by eating fish and shellfish is not a health concern. Yet, some fish and shellfish contain higher levels of mercury that may harm an unborn baby or young child’s developing nervous system.
Should you worry about mercury in fish?
A. Most men do not need to worry about mercury exposure from eating fish. Currently, there is no medically based suggested limit on the amount of fish men should eat, but you could take mercury content into account when considering what types of fish to eat.
How many mg of mercury is toxic?
Generally, hair mercury concentration does not exceed 10 mg/kg. However, in moderate mercury poisoning, the concentration level ranges between 200 and 800 mg/kg, and in severe intoxication it goes up to 2400 mg/kg.
How much mercury per week is safe?
What is my weekly limit for mercury intake? According to the EPA/FDA joint advice, you should consume 0.7 µg mercury/kg body weight/week. Our fish mercury calculator takes into account your weight to tell you the percentage of your weekly allowance of mercury is in your current meal.
Should we worry about mercury in fish?
Can you cook mercury out of fish?
Cooking does not remove mercury from fish because the metal is bound to the meat. For example, a piece of tuna will have the same amount of mercury whether it is eaten raw as sushi or cooked on the grill.