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In its weekly newsletter, Vital Choice Wild Seafood & Organics covered two Senators’ bipartisan campaign to get the FDA to correct counterproductive fish-eating advice for mothers and children.
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Earlier this March, two Senators began a written campaign to help ensure optimal child nutrition.
The Senators agree with leading researchers that the FDA recommendations don’t reflect scientific reality and have led to unhealthy reductions in seafood consumption among pregnant women.
Senator/mother Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) and Senator/obstetrician Tom Coburn, M.D., (R-Oklahoma) wrote the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner to raise the maximum recommended weekly seafood intake for young children and pregnant/nursing mothers.
Senator Gillibrand offers a mother’s perspective, and as a doctor who’s delivered more than 4,000 babies, Senator Coburn brings medical weight to bear.
The low seafood intake levels advised in the current FDA guidance imply – erroneously – that there’s evidence of harm from exceeding those levels.
The Senators want a response within 30 days, detailing FDA’s plans to update the 2004 advisory.
Their bipartisan campaign echoes findings of the FDA’s own 2009 report, whose findings support a rise in the 12-oz weekly fish limit currently advised to children and mothers.
For coverage of that landmark report, see “FDA Analysis Supports More Fish for Moms and Kids ”, and learn about the science that explains its findings.
You can read the full story in Vital Choices.
Reprinted by permission.
This is what our San Francisco Bay Area Medical expert, Dr Joseph Habis, Medical Director and Co-founder of Prima Medical Group has to say about this campaign: ” Although high levels of mercury in fish have been documented to potentially cause harm to pregnant women and their offsprings, adequate amount of DHA (one of the healthy fatty acids found ONLY in consuming fish) is crucial for early brain development. Multiple studies have shown that when comparing fish oils to other oils found in food, there are clear positive differences in cognition with children that eat fish. In addition consuming fish in this population adds other important nutrients, such as iodine, vitamin D and selenium (which may counteract the toxic effects of mercury).
In an effort to increase the consumption of fish in pregnant/nursing women and children, increasing the maximum recommended weekly seafood intake makes good sense”.
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