U.S. Geological Survey Mercury Study Misleads Americans About Seafood and Health, Says Center for Consumer Freedom
Researchers tested ocean water, did not measure mercury in any actual fish
In a recently concluded legal case which struck down a demand for warning labels on tuna cans, two different
And today's USGS study can't dispute the
"No matter how much mercury is in ocean water, the levels in actual fish aren't increasing," said CCF Director of Research
CCF also took issue with the USGS scientists' failure to test any seafood. "It's the Food and Drug Administration's job to tell us what's safe to eat," Martosko said. "And the latest FDA report says we should be looking at all the health benefits of eating fish. Hand-wringing about mercury in ocean water isn't terribly useful."
The USGS study ignored evidence that most mercury in the oceans originates from undersea volcanic activity, and from geothermal vents in the ocean floor. And it paid no notice to emerging science indicating that plentiful selenium in marine environments may be minimizing the absorption of mercury by ocean fish such as tuna.
"Saying that human activity is putting any mercury into ocean fish is a wild guess," Martosko added. "And it's reckless to suggest that tuna and other marine fish are somehow unsafe to eat."
A Center for Consumer Freedom report, Tuna Meltdown, found that more than 250,000 children in low-income households were born at risk of IQ deficits because their mothers were needlessly scared to eat tuna while they were pregnant. To read this devastating study, visit www.MercuryFacts.org.
SOURCE Center for Consumer Freedom
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