Below is an annotated list of several documents for policymakers and others interested in creating or supporting laws and/or regulations that require labeling of mercury-contaminated seafood.
In October 2004, the town of Swampscott, Mass. passed an ordinance requiring businesses selling mercury-contaminated fish to post warning signs to protect consumers.
State and federal agencies are doing far too little to prevent exposure from mercury-contaminated seafood such as swordfish, shark and albacore tuna. As a result, STRP is supporting state, county and local initiatives that help to protect the public from mercury-contaminated seafood.
This document is the actual regulation that was implemented on October 1st, 2004 from Swampscott, Massachusetts. The town of Swampscott has successfully adopted and implemented this ordinance requiring labeling of mercury-contaminated fish at all points of sale including restaurants and grocery stores.
Online Mercury Calculator
As part the seaturtle restoration project's efforts to raise awareness on the issue of mercury in seafood, we published this online mercury calculator that allows fish consumers to easily gauge their mercury exposure from eating fish by simply entering the fish type, amount and their body weight. The online mercury calculator uses FDA's own data.
Generic Mercury Resolution
This resolution was drafted by a city/county agency in the San Francisco Bay Area. This resolution was the first step toward an ordinance that would require labeling of fish in restaurants and grocery stores in that area.
San Francisco Chronicle Story, Mercury in Swordfish
The article appeared an the SF Chronicle in August 2004 and shows our findings regarding mercury in swordfish purchased in California stores. Mercury levels in our samples were considerably higher on average than what the FDA reports.
Senate Bill 1939 by Patrick Laehey
This US Senate bill supports consumer notification surrounding mercury in seafood authored by Senator Patrick Laehey. It is referred to in the above generic resolution.
Mad About Mercury Article
The document published on Alternet, in September 2004 explains some of San Francisco-based Dr. Jane Hightower's research with mercury poisoned patients along with larger issues surrounding mercury in fish and public health issues that surround it.
Tuna Industry Ad
This ad, published by the tuna industry, encourages moms and families to eat more tuna. This was released just after the FDA warned women and children to limit their consumption of albacore tuna.
American Medical Association Mercury Resolution
American Medical Association's passed this resolution calling for the testing and labeling of fish and far more public education on matters relating to fish consumption.
California Attorney's General Lawsuit Against Tuna Companies
This document is a press release regarding the June 2004 lawsuit filed by the California State Attorney General against the three big tuna companies, Starkist, Bumble Bee, and Chicken of the Sea for failing to notify consumers about mercury in their products.