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Tuna Could Contain Dangerous Mercury Levels

September 21, 2012 by  

Tuna Could Contain Dangerous Mercury Levels

Some consumer groups are working to convince the U.S. Department of Agriculture to remove tuna from school cafeterias after a study found variable levels, sometimes higher than those allowed by Federal guidelines, of mercury in cans of the fish.

The Mercury Policy Project tested 59 samples of tuna in large cans and foil pouches from 11 States. Levels of methylmercury found were close to previous tests done by the Food and Drug Administration for the most part. But, levels of mercury varied widely, sometimes even in the same package. On average, methylmercury content ranged from 0.02 to 0.64 parts per million in light tuna and between 0.19 and 1.27 parts per million in albacore tuna.

“On any given day in a given school, children eating the same meal could get mercury doses that vary by tenfold, just because of the variability of the chunk of meat in the packet,” says Edward Groth, author of the report on the test.

The Environmental Protection Agency says the most methylmercury, a potent neurotoxin, that a person should consume equals one-tenth of a microgram per kilogram of their body weight. Miniscule levels of methylmercury have been linked to learning disabilities and developmental delays in children.

Even consuming tuna four times a month could have “subtle adverse effects” on some children, according to Groth.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • eddie47d

    Wow ! Thanks Sam! That has been known for many years but there are still some who never got the memo.. There are higher Mercury levels in all fish species and even higher in larger predator fish like sharks. The oceans may be big but pollution knows no limit in the damage that can be done.

    • daniel

      Eddie you left out farm raised fish with their high levels of mercury. Something says we had better forward this to Ms. Pelosi as I hear she is busy doing all she can for the tuna industry.

    • eddie47d

      The issue was tuna which lives in the ocean Daniel. Had nothing to do with farm raised or even Nancy Pelosi. Go back to doing your chicken dance! Now if you would like to discuss the dangers of farm raised fish then be my guest.

    • auhunter

      The operative word here is “could” or “could have” as in “might” or “might have” or “may” or may have”, very vague terms to use in a so-called scientific study.

    • Maine One.

      Don’t worry about the Mercury, your flue shot has it also! Your big worry should be how much Japan Radiation is in the Tuna. My family has stopped eating it. Just one molecule of Plutonium will kill you, and we should rename the Pacific Ocean Plutonium Ocean!

      • Maine One.

        Oh by the way, your gulf food has Mocondo oil and toxic Correctsit in it, enjoy your nerve damage.

  • Ted Crawford

    It feels as if I have awakened back in the 1970′s! They tried this same takeover strategy back then! Anyone remember? It was a three part plan. They came at us with Global Climate Change! All the Worlds crops were doomed to failure, millions would starve to death because of the New Ice Age! In fact New York City is under an icesheet over a half mile thick right now!
    At the same time we were warned… well that nearly everything, our food, our water and our Air were all unfit for human consumption!
    Who wants to bet that the third leg of this strategy, every essential commodity in very short supply, is just around the corner?

    • Ricksmom

      Last week they were saying that peanut and butter and jelly sandwiches were racist because only white people ate those and that they were served on white bread. I guess someone finally told them that it was a black man, George Washing Carver who discovered the great benefits of peanut butter.

      They just look in every corner to find something wrong in the world for them to fix. I suppose they think this justifies their existence.

    • wandamurline

      If the tuna was not “wild caught”, then probably is true…but the same holds true for fish in many lakes and streams in America. And now, I find out that water has arsneic in it that is affecting Texas rice. Due to the lies from the lame stream media these days, I do not take anything they say seriously…if they are not cutting and slicing video tapes for their agenda, they are crying “wolf” about something else. Just don’t eat more than three to four meals of fish a week to protect yourself in case. I worry more about the vaccines and flu shots they are dishing out than tuna.

      • Richard Pawley

        Wanda, I don’t know how accurate they are but the World Health Organization says that mercury fillings in our teeth (49% mercury so they can be called Silver amalgam) are the greatest source of mercury in humans.

        Small fishes like sardines are the least polluted because they are small and don’t accumulate the heavy metals like the larger fish. Wild caught is always better than farmed which I won’t eat. As for vaccines and flu shots, just don’t get them, and be sure to wash your hands often, with ordinary soap, not the antibiotic soap which is only making stronger germs.

        Learn all you can about genetically engineered food. They are far worse than most know.

  • Supertad108

    The school lesson to be learned… you place your life at risk if you consume ANYthing that is packaged to last forever. Remember.. real food is what is dangerous and must be regulated. If it’s not processed it is dangerous.. right, got it. Feeling healthy?

  • Jody

    After all this time, Starkist hasn’t figured out how to farm fish and control their environment? There’s no reason for there to be mercury in the tuna. Maybe the EPA should visit them (do something real for once to earn their taxpayer welfare checks) or is it intentional?

  • James Whitford

    I would like to become a test subject on this Tuna issue! I have eaten 3-7 cans of Tuna per day for 13 years.Tuna is My MAIN Diet! The Test results would be interesting for me and research.I have All the Cans outside my RV to Prove it! I am a Handicaped Vet who would like to help, Save our Children, James

    • Daveh234

      It’s the children that have a bad effect from Mercury and Lead. Much, much less in adults. It is a small amount that is present but in children it alters their growth in tissue and organs and especially the brain.
      After the 20′s though most people have stopped forming and are actually going the other way. Little effect on adults…that was always evident in all testing.
      They aren’t telling you to quit. But as levels in the oceans of these toxic metals it can become detrimental. Another certainty. The ocean filters a lot of crap from our affluent we send its way.

  • Sirian

    Good Lord, you’ve been around long enough to know that this same issue has been in knowledge since the early sixties. Please. . .

  • Gary L

    The issue is not new but perhaps the results of THESE tests might interest someone. Everyone reading should feel free to ignore what they consider old news.
    You just can’t please some people.

  • auhunter

    This same BS shows up every two or three years. Though I have never seen any stats to prove any of it, other than the fact that the mercury is there. If they could show me some data of test results on children that ate tuna every day vs. those who didn’t over a long period of time I might believe it. And if the tests were done by the EPA I wouldn’t believe it anyway. They would just skew the data to prove their point. As in many of their studies, they pick a theory and then somehow manage to get the data to confirm it.

  • Rennie

    Pacific tuna, guarranteed to give you that healthy, glow in the dark!


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