Government to issue new tuna guidelines

03/19/2004 | NYTimes.com

The FDA and Environmental Protection Agency are expected to advise pregnant women, nursing mothers and young children to consume no more than six ounces of albacore tuna a week. Albacore tuna accounts for more than 5% of U.S. seafood consumption, but research has shown it has higher mercury levels than other types of tuna. The director of the Mercury Policy Project called the move "a step forward," and the president of the National Fisheries Institute is hoping consumers turn to low-mercury fish for protein.

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