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Old 03-26-2004, 05:50 AM
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Tuna Warning

U.S. Issues Guidelines On Eating Of Some Tuna

Late Edition - Final , Section A , Page 16 , Column 6
ABSTRACT - FDA and EPA will recommend that pregnant women, nursing mothers and young children eat no more than six ounces of albacore tuna or about one meal's worth each week; FDA notes that albacore tuna, often sold as canned white tuna, accounts for more than 5 percent of all seafood consumed in United States; recent tests show that albacore tuna has higher levels of mercury than other kinds of tuna; mercury is known to affect neurological development of fetuses and young children; agencies will continue to recommend that those groups limit their intake of shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish, which also can have high levels of mercury.

The Narional Resources Defense Council has published a chart to help you figure out what the "safe" ammount of Tuna you can consume based on your body weight, acording to the recommendations.

Body weight in pounds:Frequency a person can safely consume one 6 oz. can of albacore white tuna (based on the EPA "safe" level) and Frequency a person can safely consume one 6 oz. can of light tuna (based on the EPA "safe" level)

11 Lb. Person: . 1 can/4 mos 1 can/6 wks
22 1 can/2 mos 1 can/23 days
33 1 can/5 wks 1 can/2 wks
44 1 can/4 wks 1 can/12 days
55 1 can/3 wks 1 can/9 days
66 1 can/3 wks 1 can/8 days
77 1 can/3 wks 1 can/wk
88 1 can/2 wks 1 can/6 days
99 1 can/2 wks 1 can/5 days
110 1 can/12 days 1 can/5 days
121 1 can/11 days 1 can/4 days
132 1 can/10 days 1 can/4 days
143 1 can/9 days 1 can/4 days
154 1 can/9 days 1 can/3 days
165 1 can/8 days 1 can/3 days
176 1 can/wk 1 can/3 days
187 1 can/wk 1 can/3 days
198 1 can/wk 1 can/3 days
209 1 can/6 days 1 can/2 days
220 1 can/6 days 1 can/2 days

The Natural Resources Defense Council is a national, non-profit organization of scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists dedicated to protecting public health and the environment. Founded in 1970, NRDC has more than 550,000 members nationwide, served from offices in New York, Washington, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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