WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom said that in light of more recent and reliable science, the public should ignore the call for wide-ranging public warnings about mercury in fish issued by the Eighth International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant. During the seven months since the 2006 summit, three new breakthrough scientific reports about the health implications of eating fish have made concerns about mercury mentioned in the conference's "Madison Declaration" largely irrelevant.
"Organizers of the mercury conference should have done more homework before publishing anything," said Center for Consumer Freedom Director of Research David Martosko. "Traces of mercury in fish are insignificant compared to the health benefits of eating seafood. Governments should be encouraging everyone, including pregnant women, to eat more fish. Period. Given recent scientific findings, any other message is irresponsible and -- literally -- last year's news."
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