Health warning for CT seafood lovers

(08/01/03) NORWALK - New reports say mercury levels in many fish are dangerously high, and the list of fish to avoid includes some of the most popular in southwestern Connecticut. The FDA and EPA recommend that children and women of childbearing age not eat four types of fish found to be high in mercury.

The list includes: Tilefish at 1.45 mercury parts per million (ppm), Swordfish 1.00 ppm, Shark .96 ppm and King Mackerel .73 ppm. The FDA says a maximum of .4 ppm is safe.

Despite these grave warnings, local fish restaurants like Sono Seafood say they haven't felt any effects claiming that you're going to find some mercury in all fish you consume.

The FDA and EPA say Halibut, Wild Salmon, White Sea Bass and Trout are among the safest to eat. Lobster and clams are supposed to be mercury safe as well. One doctor News 12 Connecticut spoke to recommended eating everything in moderation.

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