View Full Version : mercury in tuna

15-05-2011, 05:02 PM
I don't know if you are all aware of the safe limits on tuna for children, I only found out today!! My ds has tuna sandwiches for lunch every day:eek:

'Since children get most of their mercury from canned tuna, it is important for parents to limit their children's consumption to less than one ounce of canned light tuna for every 12 pounds of body weight per week, in order to stay below the level of mercury the EPA considers safe. That means that a child who weighs 36 pounds should not eat more than 3 ounces (half a standard-sized can of chunk light tuna) per week. Children should avoid albacore or white tuna because the levels of mercury are higher.'

15-05-2011, 05:08 PM
Well I never knew that! thanks

My kids don't like tuna - I only have it occasionally and mindees not keen either so all OK here :)

15-05-2011, 05:12 PM
Yes also pregnant women need to limit intake too. I was addicted to tuna subway while having dd :blush:

15-05-2011, 05:32 PM
its a nightmare isnt it, my dd would have it everyday too in everything...we limit to once a week:rolleyes:

shame cos fish is so good for growing kids


15-05-2011, 05:35 PM
We do watch how much we give to the cat!

15-05-2011, 06:39 PM
We have it once a week - I've been aware of it for 12 years (was a paranoid pregnant Mum first time round)!

15-05-2011, 06:39 PM
I saw this on This morning show a few months ago. I told my daughter about it because the mercury can cause headaches and she loves tuna. She now only eats it once a week and the headaches have stopped.


15-05-2011, 07:11 PM
Thanks for the info, I wasn't aware of the limits quoted. I don't give it to my mindees but love it myself.