Welcome to FIS   Sponsored By
United States
Subscribe to FIS | Register with FIS | Advertise with FIS | Newsletter | About FIS | Contact us
   


Scientists have urged the FDA to modify its advice on fish consumption and pregnant women. (Photo: Stock File/FIS)

125 experts join for updated FDA fish advice

Click on the flag for more information about United States UNITED STATES
Tuesday, July 06, 2010, 16:40 (GMT + 9)

Two of the world’s top brain and neurological development experts are being joined by 125 others in requesting that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) update its 2004 advice on fish and pregnancy because it is outdated and may be “inadvertently causing harm.” 

Professors Thomas Brenna of Cornell University and Michael Crawford of London Metropolitan University sent an open letter to FDA Commissioner Dr Margaret Hamburg in May when the petition was posted online.

Back in May, concerned scientists from the US and Europe urged the FDA to complete its 2009 draft assessment on fish consumption and pregnant women. The scientists recommended that FDA modify that advice now that new information is available.

"[A] consistent stream of new publications and international scientific evaluations has persuaded us that this advice has become outdated and that it may be inadvertently causing harm, inconsistent with your public health mission,” the letter reads. 

“We commend FDA for its history of willingness to modify that advice when warranted by new information. The time for the next update has come," it continues.

In a few weeks, the online petition has gathered 125 signatures, including those by PhDs from Cornell and Oxford and MDs from Harvard and the University of North Carolina (UNC). World class scientists from Denmark, Australia, the UK, France, Sweden, the Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Canada and Iceland have all signed.

“This petition includes a who’s who of independent researchers,” said Jennifer McGuire MS RD, director of nutrition communications for the National Fisheries Institute (NFI). “They all know that over the past six years a wealth of science has been produced that shows the real risk to pregnant women and unborn children is in not eating enough fish.”

Science had not made enough progress by 2004 to properly consider the full health benefits of eating fish, told Brenna and Crawford.

"[It] is no longer consistent with the recommendation to limit consumption of all fish to a maximum of 12 oz per week for pregnant and lactating women and women who may become pregnant," according to the letter.  

"There is persuasive new evidence that consumption of more than 12 ox per week of most marketplace species will actually improve fetal neurodevelopment.  This improvement occurs in spite of methyl-mercury in most, if not all fish."

Related article:

- Scientists pressure FDA to update fish consumption draft

By Natalia Real
editorial@fis.com
www.fis.com

 


 Print


Click to know how to advertise in FIS
MORE NEWS
Indonesia
Aug 20, 03:50 (GMT + 9):
ASEAN intends to implement new shrimp standard
Uruguay
Aug 20, 03:20 (GMT + 9):
UN approves extension of Uruguayan continental shelf
Norway
Aug 20, 02:50 (GMT + 9):
Vacuum pumping improves fish survival, quality
Australia
Aug 20, 02:30 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Tassal posts healthy FY profit rise
Norway
Aug 20, 02:30 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Grieg Seafood Q2 earnings miss forecasts
United States
Aug 20, 02:30 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Alaska Fishermen Hit by 2012 Poor King Runs to Receive USD 7.8 million
Nigeria
Aug 20, 02:30 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Enter Nigeria's EUR 10.1 Million Research Vessel
Australia
Aug 20, 02:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Tasmanian salmon industry booming as Tassal announces massive profit
New Zealand
Aug 20, 02:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Fiji police investigate high seas shooting video
Philippines
Aug 20, 02:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Fishing industry in Gensan to undergo labor laws compliance assessment
Canada
Aug 20, 02:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Direct connection to aquaculture industry
United States
Aug 20, 02:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - DNREC issues shellfish aquaculture regulations
Australia
Aug 20, 02:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - WA's western trout minnow, a critically endangered fish species, bred in captivity for first time
United States
Aug 20, 02:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Climate change will threaten fish by drying out Southwest US streams, research predicts
Spain
Aug 20, 02:00 (GMT + 9):
Red tide hits the Galician canning industry



Lenguaje
FEATURED EVENTS
  
TOP STORIES
Salmon sector welcomes trade ban changes
Russia Fed. The Ministry of Agriculture of Russia together with federal fishery agency are devising proposals on the changes in the list of food from the EU, the US, Canada, Australia and Norway, whose import has been banned.
Cluster farming helps improve tilapia production
Fiji The Secretariat of the Pacific Community has been working with the EU and the Fiji Ministry of Fisheries and Forests in assisting smallholder tilapia farmers to improve production by working together in cluster groups.
First small-scale pangasius farmers achieve GlobalG.A.P. certificate
Viet Nam Global G.A.P. has announced the first aquaculture group certification for small-scale pangasius farmers in Vietnam.
Data gaps affect pacific tuna assessment
Marshall Islands Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency requests its members to properly report their fishing catches in Pacific waters to help prevent overfishing.
 
Maruha Nichiro Corporation
Nichirei Corporation -Headquarter-
Pesquera El Golfo S.A.
Ventisqueros - Productos del Mar Ventisqueros S.A
Wärtsilä Corporation -Wartsila Group Headquarter-
ITOCHU Corporation -Headquarter-
BAADER - Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH (Head Office)
Inmarsat plc - Global Headquarters
Marks & Spencer
Tesco PLC (Supermarket) - Headquarters
Pescanova, S.A. - Group Headquarters
Sea Harvest Corporation (PTY) Ltd.
I&J - Irvin & Johnson Limited
Blue Continent Products (Pty) Ltd - (Oceana Group Limited)
Pesquera San Jose S.A.
Nutreco N.V. - Head Office
CNFC China National Fisheries Corporation - Group Headquarters
W. van der Zwan & Zn. B.V.
SMMI - Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance Co., Ltd. - Headquarters
Icicle Seafoods Inc. -Headquarter-
Starkist Seafood Co. - Headquearters
Trident Seafoods Corp.
American Seafoods Group LLC - Head Office
Marel ehf - Group Headquarters
SalMar ASA - Group Headquarters
Sajo Industries Co., Ltd
Hansung Enterprise Co.,Ltd.
BIM - Irish Sea Fisheries Board (An Bord Iascaigh Mhara)
CEFAS - Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science
COPEINCA ASA - Corporacion Pesquera Inca S.A.C.
Chun Cheng Fishery Enterprise Pte Ltd.
Food Project (Siam) Co., Ltd.
VASEP - Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters & Producers
Gomes da Costa
Furuno Electric Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
NISSUI - Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. - Group Headquarters
FAO -Food and Agriculture Organization- Fisheries and Aquaculture Department (Headquarter)
Hagoromo Foods Co., Ltd.
Koden Electronics Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
A.P. Møller - Maersk A/S - Headquarters
BVQI - Bureau Veritas Quality International (Head Office)
UPS - United Parcel Service, Inc. - Headquarters
Hamburg Süd Group - (Headquearters)
Armadora Pereira S.A. - Group Headquarters
NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Headquarters)
Omega Protein Corporation -Headquarter-
Grupo Calvo - Luis Calvo Sanz, S.A. (Group Headquarter)
Marona S.A.
Marine Harvest ASA - Headquarters
Marubeni Europe Plc -UK-
Findus Ltd
Icom Inc. (Headquarter)
WWF Centroamerica
Oceana Group Limited
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Ajinomoto Co., Inc. -Headquarter-
Friosur S.A. - Headquarters
Cargill, Incorporated - Global Headquarters
Benihana Inc.
Leardini Pescados Ltda
Mitsubishi Corporation Marine Products Depts. D.Team
CJ Corporation  -Holding Headquarter-
Greenpeace International - The Netherlands
David Suzuki Foundation
Fisheries and Oceans Canada -Communications Branch-
Mitsui & Co.,Ltd - Headquarters
Ocean Trawlers Group - Ocean Trawlers HK Ltd.
Natori Co., Ltd.
Carrefour Supermarket - Headquarters
FedEx Corporation -Headquarter-
AKBM - Aker BioMarine ASA
Seafood Choices Alliance -Headquarter-
Austevoll Seafood ASA
Walmart / Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Supermarket) -Headquarter-
New Japan Radio Co.Ltd (JRC) -Head Office-
Gulfstream JSC
INVE Group - Head Office
Marine Stewardship Council  - MSC Worldwide
Royal Dutch Shell plc (Headquarter)
Genki Sushi Co.,Ltd -Headquarter-
Iceland Pelagic ehf
AXA Assistance Argentina S.A.
Caterpillar Inc. - Headquarters
Tiger Brands Limited
Morpol ASA - Group Headquarters
SeaChoice
National Geographic Society
AmazonFresh, LLC - AmazonFresh

Copyright 1995 - 2014 Fish Info & Services Co.Ltd| All Rights Reserved.   DISCLAIMER