Mercury in Fish: FDA Faulted

An FDA scientist criticizes the agency's loose regulations, which allow fish with high levels of mercury into the U.S. and let importers escape scrutiny

Eating fish is good for you, as numerous studies confirm. But there are certain fish, such as swordfish and shark, that you might want to eat sparingly. Large fish belonging to these species often contain high levels of mercury, a neurotoxin, and regulatory agencies are doing a poor job of keeping such specimens off of Americans' dinner plates. That criticism has been voiced by some of the government's own scientists, who believe the system for inspecting imports of fish is weak and can be easily circumvented by savvy importers.

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