I pledge to protect myself against mercury
Mercury contamination of seafood is a widespread and serious public health problem. Studies have shown that mercury ingestion can lead to memory loss, developmental and learning disorders, vision loss, heart disease and in extreme cases, can even result in death.
The number one source of mercury in humans is through consumption of mercury-contaminated fish. The government has failed to protect the public from the dangers of mercury in fish. Seafood sellers are not required to warn fish buyers about mercury or label mercury-laden fish, leaving the burden of knowledge and awareness on the consumer. Eating fish should not be a toxic gamble.
The only reliable way to ensure a reduction of mercury exposure by eating seafood is to avoid known high-mercury fish such as swordfish, tuna, shark, king mackerel and tilefish.
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