Making headlines near you now! Celebrity actor gets mercury poisoning from eating too much raw fish!
Except that seems rather silly, because (as an example), the actor in question, JeremyÂ Piven, “would have to eat about 108 pieces of tuna sushi every week for his entire lifetime to reach dangerous metal levels.” That’s according to a restaurant blog which calculated the figure from mercuryfacts.com.Â
Mercury is poisonous in soluble forms like methlmercury. Raw fish has it, (tuna is one of the worst), but if Piven did eat enough to get sick, he’d have the first recorded case of mercury poisoning from sushi in the USA. Seems reasonable to assume he has other reasons for quitting his role, or perhaps a quack doctor.
There does seem to be a shortage of reliable, balanced information about mercury in fish. This websiteÂ tells usÂ
In 1969, the FDA first set an action level for total mercury in fish; 0.5ppm (part-per-million) was considered the maximum safe limit. (Action levels represent the limit at or above which FDA will take legal action to remove a product from the market.) In 1979, the action level was raised to 1ppm. In 1984, there was another major change. The FDA stopped measuring on a basis of total mercury and instead started checking levels in terms of methylmercury only. In 1998, the FDA stopped widely testing for mercury in fish.
But it doesn’t tell us why the FDA stopped testing for mercury in fish. It then tells us thatÂ
In December 2003, the FDA began circulating a draft advisory warning women who are pregnant, nursing, or who might become pregnant about the dangers of mercury in seafood. Critics like the Environmental Working Group objected to the advisory’s vague guidance on tuna, and subsequently filed a legal challenge, charging that the advisory did not meet standards for accurate government science established by the Data Quality Act.
So, if mercury in fish is a problem, why does the FDA no longer test widely for it? Calling all science-types! Can we produce a definitive answer between us? I’m pretty sure that whatever the answer is, it’ll be no help to Jeremy Piven who is sticking to his story.