Marlin and Swordfish Caught in Texas Waters May Pose Health Threat

Food Safety News
September 10, 2012


Blue marlin caught along the coast of Texas should no longer be consumed because mercury levels detected in these fish pose a danger to human health, warns the Texas Department of State Health Services.

TDSHS also cautioned future mothers and children not to eat swordfish from these waters.

Women past childbearing age and adult men are being advised to limit their intake to no more than two meals a month. Women of childbearing age and children under 12 should not consume any swordfish caught in Texas coastal waters.

The advisory was issued after testing revealed that blue marlin and swordfish from the northwestern Gulf of Mexico contained mercury at concentrations that exceed DSHS health guidelines, which allow no more than 0.7 mg/kg.

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