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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.
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Title Annotation:The Beat
Author:Dooley, Erin E.
Publication:Environmental Health Perspectives
Date:Jun 1, 2006
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