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CALIFORNIA STATE SUES GROCERY STORES OVER MERCURY LABLEING ON FISH

San Francisco Chronicle
Posted here on 2/17/2003

In January the California State Attorney General sued 5 grocery stores that operate in California, in an effort to get them to post warning labels on fish which may have levels of mercury in them. The lawsuit was filed under Prop 65, the voter initiative that requires businesses to alert the public they are being exposed to dangerous chemicals.

The suit names Safeway, Kroger Co., Albertson's, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods as in violation of the Proposition. The highest levels of mercury have been found in swordfish, shark and tuna, and in July of this past year the FDA announced that pregnant women should not eat tuna swordfish, shark, king mackerel or tilefish because of the presence of high levels of mercury.

A recent study found shockingly high levels of mercury in the bloodstream of San Francisco Bay Area residents, which changed dramatically when the participants lowered their fish intake.

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