A group of senators claim further clarity in recommendations of fish consumption during pregnancy. (Photo Credit: Petr Kratochvil/FIS)
Senators urge Obama to update seafood report for pregnant women
Thursday, August 08, 2013, 05:00 (GMT + 9)
For the third time, a bipartisan group of senators have written to American President, Barack Obama, urging him to help the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with regards to the issue of the debated safety of seafood consumption during pregnancy.
In the new letter, legislators point out that the last FDA report was done almost 10 years ago, in 2004, and it presumably recommended that seafood should be reduced or eliminated during pregnancy. The group are demanding a more up-to-date report which takes into account the latest scientific studies and ends “years of delay”.
The senators argue that these studies have shown the benefits of seafood rich in Omega 3 oil, a fatty acid which improves cognitive and visual developments in unborn infants and children.
The letter reads that the US Department of Agriculture Dietary Guidelines for Americans published in 2010 advises pregnant women to eat at least 227g of seafood a week instead of the 57g the average American woman currently consumes.
The senators message is clear: they want pregnant women to eat more seafood. They first wrote to the President over two years ago. Since then, nine million American babies were born without an updated dietary guideline.
Although the new FDA guidelines have been outlined, the review is stuck due to bureaucracy.
"For many women, consistent federal advice may be the only form of nutrition recommendations they receive," the letter states. "These women cannot wait for bureaucratic infighting that is preventing the issuance of new FDA seafood advice."
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(Photo Credit: Petr Kratochvil/FIS)
By Gabriela Raffaele