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Mercury in Large Fish – Updated Advice re Consumption By Risk Groups

The Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition has issued new recommendations re the consumption of large fish by risk groups: young children, breastfeeding mothers, pregnant women and those that are trying to get pregnant.

The latest recommendation dated from 2010 but the higher levels of mercury and other heavy metals found in large and long-living fish: pez espada, atún rojo, el tiburón (cazón, marrajo, mielgas, pintarroja and tintorera) / sword fish, red tuna, shark (dogfish shark, marsh, myrtle, redhead shark, tintorera – Google translations) have prompted the Agency to adjust the recommendations to those as follows.

No consumption whatsoever for those trying to get pregnant, pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and children under 10.

Consumption limited to up to 120 grams a month for youngsters between the age of 10 and 14.

Rest of population: consumption of all kinds of fish 3 or 4 times a week, recommended to alternate between white and blue fish.

 

 

Please note: The information provided is based upon our understanding of current legislation. It is not legal advice but is provided freely to enable you to be properly informed. We recommend that if you are considering taking action, you should seek professional advice.

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