Pregnant women & small kids: choose salmon and sardines, avoid albacore, eat light tuna sparingly

Pregnant Women & Small Kids: Choose Salmon and Sardines, Avoid Albacore, Eat Light Tuna Sparingly

Statement of CSPI Senior Scientist Lisa Lefferts

If pregnant women or small kids followed the new advice from the government on mercury and tuna they could easily consume more mercury than is safe for developing brains.

The best advice for pregnant or nursing women and parents of small children is to choose fish that are low in mercury and high in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon and sardines.  They should avoid albacore tuna altogether, and consume tuna labeled as “light tuna” very sparingly—no more than two ounces per week for women and one ounce per week for kids.