The Environmental Working Group is offering a new shopping tool and seafood calculator to help people buy seafood lower in mercury, higher in omega-3 fatty acids, and sustainably produced.
EWG’s tools offer people more detailed information than is available from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency. Last year, the agencies urged pregnant and nursing women to increase their fish consumption to eight to 12 ounces of seafood per week and encouraged young children to eat fish twice a week.
“We can’t trust the government to keep our exposure to toxic mercury within safe limits,” said Sonya Lunder, EWG’s senior analyst. “The guidelines could lead some people to consume too much mercury, and others, too few omega-3s.”