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High mercury levels in sushi

highmercurysushi.jpgAttention, sushi lovers. So much for the Okinawan diet. Your favorite delicacy might actually be contaminated with mercury.

A survey by the New York Times in October last year showed that mercury in tuna sushi is, in some cases, way above the safety levels set by the Environmental Protection Agency. The Times sampled and tested sushi from restaurants and stores in New York City. Bluefin tuna especially seems to have high mercury content.

In 2004, warning against the consumption of certain types of canned tuna was issued especially for children and women who are breasfeeding or may be pregnant. However, raw tuna wasn’t included in the warning. Experts say that although the tests were only performed in sushi sold in New York, this level of mercury contamination may actually be true everywhere.


International Herald Tribune, January 22, 2008

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