Why We're Not Backing This Seafood Suggestion

Saturday, October 13, 2007

The recommendation by the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition that pregnant women consume more fish [front page, Oct. 4] has not been endorsed by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the Health Resources and Services Administration.

The three agencies, all within the Department of Health and Human Services, were not participants in the formulation of this recommendation, learned about it only after it was announced, have not had the opportunity to review the data on which it was based and therefore cannot support it. These agencies have worked collaboratively with the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition on many projects. However, we are not aware at this time of any new evidence sufficient to change the current guidelines set forth by the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency, that pregnant women should consume no more than 12 ounces of fish per week. We continue to support those guidelines.

DUANE ALEXANDER

Director

National Institute of Child Health

and Human Development

National Institutes of Health

TANJA POPOVIC

Chief Science Officer

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Washington


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