Mercury in Canned Tuna

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Stephanie Mencimer is a writer for Mother Jones. A recent article she wrote about a woman's mystery illness describes a complex and baffling maze of regulatory bureaucracy. After eating canned tuna every day for years, Deborah Landvik-Fellner's hair began falling out and she experienced painful and strange symptoms. A blood test revealed that she had ten times the level of mercury deemed safe by the EPA. In 2006, Landvik-Fellner sued Tri-Union Seafoods (owner of Chicken of the Sea tuna). The case revealed a disparity in EPA and FDA mercury safety levels. Landvik-Fellner's case is still making its way through the courts.


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