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EU agency issues advice on mercury in fish

Pregnant women and other groups vulnerable to mercury contamination should continue to eat fish while avoiding over-reliance on large predatory species like swordfish and tuna, according to the European food safety authority (Efsa). Efsa's advice confirms positions taken by several national authorities. Fish is the principal source of human exposure to methylmercury, which is the main form of mercury in the environment. Average methylmercury intakes by European consumers are below "but at times rather close" to the international standard for tolerable weekly intake, Efsa reported. See press release.

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