FDA Issues Revised Fish Consumption Guidance for Pregnant Women
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued guidance revising advice for pregnant women about safe fish consumption. “Advice About Eating Fish: For Women Who Are or Might Become Pregnant, Breastfeeding Mothers, and Young Children” includes “a statement that eating fish when pregnant or breastfeeding can provide health benefits and states that fish and other protein-rich foods have nutrients that can help children’s growth and development. The revisions also include a statement that, as part of a healthy eating pattern, eating fish may offer heart health benefits and lower the risk of obesity. The revised advice also makes clear that many types of fish are both nutritious and lower in mercury.” FDA will accept comments until September 9, 2019, about suggested additional target populations for the advice, suggestions for effective means to distribute the advice and other information that may be useful to include.