The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to fail women and children by allowing seafood with dangerous levels of mercury to be sold in the United States. The EPA estimates that it is estimated that more than 300,000 newborns each year may have increased risk of learning disabilities associated with in utero exposure to methylmercury. In U.S. EPA’s Mercury Study Report to Congress (1997) EPA estimated that 7% of women of childbearing age would have blood mercury concentrations greater than those equivalent to the RfD. The estimate of 7% of women of childbearing age above the RfD was based on patterns of fish and shellfish consumption and methylmercury concentrations present in fish and shellfish. GotMercury.org, and the Center for Biological Diversity have banded together and filed a legal petition with the FDA urging them to make seafood safer.
Join us in asking the FDA to lower the legal mercury action level from 1 part per million (ppm) to 0.5 ppm to be in line with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) mercury standards for recreationally caught fish and to require seafood sellers to post mercury in fish warning signs.
Take action to demand the FDA to require more consumer protections from mercury in seafood
Women and children are most at risk for serious health problems resulting from mercury exposure. The EPA found that the number one source of mercury is through eating seafood. Mercury ingestion can lead to memory loss, developmental and learning disorders, vision loss, heart disease and, in extreme cases, can result in death. Despite the health consequences of mercury exposure, the FDA still allows high mercury seafood to be sold without any warning or labels to unsuspecting people.
The FDA mercury-in-fish policies are a threat to human health and have the potential to burden our health care system with costs for mercury illnesses that can easily be prevented. It is time federal food safety officials revise their outdated mercury-in-fish programs to ensure that women and children are better protected.
Take action to improve seafood safety today:
1) Sign the petition urging the FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to require more consumer protections
2) Sign up at www.gotmercury.org to receive action alerts and breaking news
3) Become a Fan of the GotMercury Campaign Facebook Page
4) Make a contribution to the GotMercury.org project. Every donation makes a difference!