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Scientists: Traces Of Mercury In Seafood Is Not A Health Hazard; 'This Is Groundbreaking News' News Service
June 12, 2009 17:25 EST

GUIYANG, China -- A group of 561 scientists gathered this week in the Chinese city of Guiyang to explore issues surrounding mercury pollution, and a new survey shows that a large majority of them no longer believe traces of mercury in seafood represent a serious health risk to consumers. The nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) surveyed participants of the Ninth International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant, and the results were made available today.

Scientists were asked whether or not they agreed with eleven declarations about mercury and seafood. Large majorities agreed with all eleven.

Major findings in this survey include broad scientific agreement that:

"This is groundbreaking news," said CCF Director of Research David Martosko, who attended the conference and supervised the survey. "The good news about eating fish is finally drowning out the bad news. And we're hearing it from the real experts."

The CCF survey signals a clear break from the 2006 "Madison Declaration," issued after the Eighth International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant in Madison, Wisconsin. At that conference, a majority of scientists still believed that traces of mercury in fish produced "toxic effects" in people and unborn children.

Martosko added: "Our survey comes at a time when the United States FDA is finally looking at the tremendous health benefits of eating seafood-not just the hypothetical risks. It appears that most scientists who study mercury agree with this approach."

A large majority of scientists surveyed also agreed that:

The CCF survey was distributed to all conference participants, and 56 percent responded.