The State Health Department has released its annual fish advisory concerning contamination levels in fish caught in Missouri waterways. The Department releases this advisory every year to remind those at risk of the possible dangers associated with eating certain fish. The Department’s Todd Blanc says the concern, for the most part, is limited possible mercury contaqmination involving Largemouth Bass over 12 inches in length. Those at risk include women who are pregnant, women of childbearing age who might become pregnant, nursing mothers, and children 12 years of age and younger. In addition to the state advisory, the federal government cautions these same at risk people not to eat shark, swordfish, King Mackerel, or tilefish and to limit consumption of white tuna. These fish tend to eat smaller fish that have mercury in their tissue.
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