Call for stricter safe mercury intake levels

National governments and the WHO should lower their acceptable intake levels for mercury in fish as they are based on outdated scientific evidence, say NGOs

National governments and the World Health Organization (WHO) should lower their acceptable intake levels for mercury in fish as they are based on outdated scientific evidence, says NGO coalition the Zero Mercury Working Group.

Several recent studies show that consumption of ordinary amounts of fish with higher mercury levels, such as swordfish or king mackerel, can cause health risks to pregnant women and children. The US government recommends avoiding eating these fish.

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