When researchers at the University of Las Vegas tested mercury levels in canned tuna they were in for a surprise.
Of the 300 canned tuna samples tested, representing three top national brands:
The study, published in Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry, recommends
that regulatory agencies require the tuna industry to provide detailed
information on mercury content and disclose the locations where tuna
- 55% exceeded the Environmental Protection Agency’s standards for mercury levels ( 0.5 parts per million, or ppm).
- 5% of the samples exceeded 1.0 ppm
Researchers are also pushing for more consistent consumption
guidelines to reduce consumer confusion. According to the EPA, the
average child can consume no more than one can of tuna every 18 days.
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