Methylmercury, the form of mercury found in some fish is a potent neurotoxin that is especially harmful to developing fetuses and children and also causes health problems in adults.
Our campaign advocates the following goals:
1. Supermarkets and restaurants should post warning signs that include the March 2004 FDA mercury in seafood advisory for women and children at fresh fish counters, frozen sections, and canned tuna sections. (See California's mercury sign.)
2. The FDA should regularly monitor of our nation's seafood supply and
the FDA should take action to remove fish from the market that are
contaminated with 1 part per million (ppm) or more of mercury.
3. Supermarkets and restaurants should require
seafood distributors to screen fish for mercury using inexpensive rapid
mercury testing technology now available.
4. Supermarkets and restaurants should stop selling
the fish highest in mercury: swordfish, tilefish, shark, king mackerel,