Mercury in Tuna; Is it In, or Is it Out?

As we know it, it is incredibly hard to keep up with the latest information on mercury in some seafood.  The subject presents much challenge in defending what once was, is no longer? 

There is a real trust factor with a food category labeled as the 'mystery food'.  Seafood.

As a seafood champion I want to share the best information about seafood, but it can fluctuate like the days of spring.  Farmed or wild; Fresh or frozen? There is much to learn.

My pass-along is that we are at an age where the meaning of 'sustainable' has come leaps and bounds from what it was, and it seems to be used as an adjective with everything!

Auditing, monitoring and regulations have changed the landscape of the industry - all over the world. 

As of January, 2017, The FDA & the EPA issued a 'final fish consumption advise' report, and has labeled both albacore (white) and light canned tuna as a “good choice” and “best choice” for pregnant and breastfeeding women.  While some expected mother's may say nay to that, there is a new product hitting the shelves and claiming to have the 'lowest mercury tuna of any brand’.  Wow, these are big claims!   I love making a good ole tuna sandwich.  Kids love them too. 

Safe Catch is the brand and the American Pregnancy Association is one of their partners.

And after attending the 2017 Boston seafood show, I learned that Whole Foods will launch a significant tuna program requiring: "all fisheries supplying canned tuna to use pole-and-line, troll or hand-line catch methods".  
So it would seem that traces of mercury in tuna are now minimal to what we learned in the past making it much safer to eat than ever before?  

I encourage consumers to go with what feels right for you after you have done your own homework.  As one would do when consulted by a physician or buying a car.

The big fish are the carriers of the high mercury levels; Swordfish, Marlin and Big Eye Tuna to name a few.  

To find out more about high and low mercury levels in fish and more about seafood, here are a few resourceful links: Food & Drug Administration, the National Fisheries InstituteMarine Stewardship Council, as well as Seafood Watch.

Like any other food groups, there could be change down the road - for the better or the worse.  For now, lets hang on to the present.  A good can of Tuna!