Recently, a study has been released by the Mercury Policy Project (MPP) according to which mercury in tuna is lethal for children. This study was named Tuna Surprise.
In the U. S. diet, canned tuna is known as the commonly used source of methylmercury and around one-third of Americans are exposed to this toxic mercury compound through either of their daily meals. For conducting this study, around 59 samples containing mercury were tested and out of these, eight brands were of tuna.
According to this report, co-released by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Safe Minds, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and several other public health, consumer and environmental groups, schools and parents are requested not to serve children with any kind of albacore tuna.
Moreover, they were asked to ensure that the consumption of light tuna should not be more than twice a month for adult kids and as far as smaller children are concerned who are under 55 pounds, they should be given the product only once a month.
As said by Michael Bender, MPP's director, a number of children consume tuna in smaller quantities and therefore they are at a lower risk. It is basically those kids who eat tuna in big quantities or on a regular basis, who are at a greater risk and therefore needs to be offered lower-mercury seafood.
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