Written by Linc Bedrosian
Consumer Reports is a U.S. magazine best known for product reviews and brand comparisons, but most people don't regard the magazine as an authority when it comes to food safety and health.
Sadly, the latest article from the magazine purporting to offer sound advice to pregnant women regarding mercury in seafood does little to improve its reputation. The article repeats rhetoric from a website with suspect motives, ignores scientific data on mercury in seafood and cherry-picks U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) data.
The U.S.-based National Fisheries Institute (NFI) was quick to retort, saying the article "flies in the face of more than a decade of independent, peer-reviewed, published science that resulted in the FDA updating its advice to pregnant women to eat more fish, including canned tuna, to realize the health benefits for baby and mother."
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