Fish advisories should include multiple contaminants, study says

Capital News Service

LANSING — Great Lakes fish consumption advisories could be inadequate and exposing consumers to higher levels of toxic chemicals than anticipated. A new study says that advisories don’t include what happens when more than one chemical is present in a fish. This means the advisories are “probably deficient in protecting the health of human consumers,” the study says. In Canada, fish eaters who follow advisories could be exposed to four or more times the amount of contaminants than is considered safe, the study says. Though the study was done in the Canadian waters of the Great Lakes, the findings could be highly applicable to Great Lakes states as well, Nilima Gandhi, co-author of the study and a researcher at the University of Toronto, said in an email.