Mercury in U.S. Fish
SCIENTISTS have found mercury contamination in every fish sampled in nearly 300 streams across the United States, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.
(Complete PDF report available at USGS website).
More than a quarter of those fish contained mercury at levels exceeding the EPA criterion for the protection of those who consume average amounts of fish. More than two-thirds of the fish exceeded the EPA level of concern for fish-eating mammal.
Exposure to mercury can damage the brain, kidney and lungs. Symptoms of mercury poisoning typically include sensory impairment, disturbed sensation and a lack of coordination.
Solutions: Be proactive in environmental clean-up and prootection, and consume only fish from fresh, non-polluted waters.
Alaskan salmon, for example, is still safe.
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