Safe Harbor for fish lovers.
A number of recent public advisories have warned women of
childbearing age to limit intake of swordfish, shark, tuna, and other
fish with high levels of mercury, since studies show that brain
development in young children is affected when their mothers consume
such fish. Now northern Californian fish lovers who are concerned about
mercury are in luck. Holiday Quality Foods markets and select Sam's
Club stores in the region now stock Safe Harbor certified fresh fish,
which uses a new technology to measure the fish's mercury content
at the packaging plant in about one minute (conventional testing can
take a week or more). Fish that register more than the median FDA level
for that species are rejected. The certification is part of a test by
the stores and Pacific Seafood Group, one of America's largest fish
wholesalers, to see if consumers would buy more fresh fish if they knew
it contained safe levels of mercury.