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Tuna Can Seriously Damage Pregnant Women and their Unborn Children

Pregnant women and children are often warned that they should avoid certain seafood because of mercury contamination. The FDA and EPA recommend that women of childbearing age and young children should eat no more than 12 ounces a week of light tuna, including six ounces of white tuna -- but that may not be safe enough.

A test of 42 samples of tuna from cans led fish-safety experts to conclud that pregnant women should avoid eating all tuna as a precaution. Children over 45 pounds, they said, should have no more than 12.5 ounces of light tuna or 4 ounces of white tuna a week. Children under that weight should not have more than 4 ounces of light tuna or 1.5 ounces of white tuna -- or even less, depending on their weight.

Time Magazine reports:

"Every sample ... had measurable levels of mercury, ranging from 0.018 to 0.774 parts per million (ppm). Samples of white tuna ranged from 0.217 ppm to 0.774 ppm and averaged 0.427 ppm -- enough that by eating 2.5 ounces of any of the tested samples, a woman would exceed the daily mercury intake considered safe by the EPA. Samples of light tuna ranged from 0.018 ppm to 0.176 ppm ... but about half the tested samples contained enough mercury that eating a single can would exceed the EPA's limit for women of child-bearing age."

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