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FDA: Pregnant women should eat low-mercury seafood

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is encouraging pregnant women to eat more seafood.

The FDA and the Environmental Protection Agency are, for the first time, advising women who are pregnant, may become pregnant or are breastfeeding, to eat a minimum amount of fish. Until now, the agencies had only set a limit for the maximum amount of fish women in that group should eat.

“For years many women have limited or avoided eating fish during pregnancy or feeding fish to their young children,” said Stephen Ostroff, M.D., the FDA’s acting chief scientist. “But emerging science now tells us that limiting or avoiding fish during pregnancy and early childhood can mean missing out on important nutrients that can have a positive impact on growth and development as well as on general health.”

Officials recommend women in that group should eat at least eight ounces and up to 12 ounces of seafood per week, which is about two to three servings per week.

The agencies are still warning about consuming fish high in mercury. The seafood should be low in mercury, with options like shrimp, pollock, salmon, canned light tuna, tilapia, catfish and cod. Officials say pregnant or breastfeeding women should avoid four types of seafood: tilefish from the Gulf of Mexico, shark, swordfish and king mackerel.

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