December 17, 2003

CITY OF LIGHT TUNA

U.S. TO WARN PREGNANT WOMEN ABOUT TOXINS IN TUNA (Joseph Brean, National Post, 13/12/03)

The United States plans to warn that expectant mothers and young children should limit their tuna consumption to avoid damaging their nervous systems with mercury, a potent toxin.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency are working on a draft document that for the first time says even canned light tuna, traditionally the safest form of the fish, should be approached with caution. An official announcement is expected in the spring. [...]

Canada has no plans to follow suit, but stands by its current advice that pregnant woman, women of childbearing age and young children should eat no more than one meal a month of shark, swordfish or tuna, either fresh or frozen. This does not apply to canned tuna, the agency says.

"We monitor what [the United States does] and we're interested, [...] It could well be that we will go the route of the United States, but at the moment, we don't know that."

Sure we despised Chretien and are furious we didn’t go to war with you in Iraq, but don’t ever get the idea we Canadian conservatives are just a bunch of yes-men. This is our idea of an independent foreign policy. You guys want to fight about tuna? Boy, have you taken on the wrong country.

Umm, does anyone know how to approach a can of light tuna with caution?

Posted by Peter Burnet at December 17, 2003 7:14 PM
Comments

I guess when light tuna get canned, they get mad. My brother is the same way.

Posted by: pj at December 17, 2003 7:25 PM

It actually works the same as Canadian military policy, have the Americans face the danger for you.

Posted by: oj at December 17, 2003 7:33 PM

I agree: always approach Bill Parcells with caution. Always.

Ed

Posted by: Ed Driscoll at December 17, 2003 7:49 PM

Time to start arming our guys with can openers (preferably with night sights).

Posted by: Barry Meislin at December 18, 2003 2:45 AM

Since the mercury in fish is the bio-available form, unless you are extremely sensitive, pregnant, or nursing, don't worry about poisoning yourself.

Curiously, all of the warnings about mercury contamination in fish are based on the effects of a form of mercury that ISN'T found in seafood.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at December 18, 2003 10:52 AM

The best way to reduce the mercury content is to add back in the dolphin. It's what gives Peruvian tuna that special tang.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at December 18, 2003 11:42 AM
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