Seafood Safe’s Lab Partners are highly trained and respected in their respective areas of expertise – testing for the presence of industrial and environmental pollutants (Mercury and PCB’s) in biological tissues. To maintain impartiality, the labs are entirely independent from Seafood Safe. The labs are charged with developing customized product and company-specific testing programs for Seafood Safe, that are both scientifically credible and defensible.
Seafood Safe’s lab partners independently develop customized testing protocols to meet a products specific attributes. The labs test a pre-designated number of samples, obtained randomly from inventories of seafood by independent Quality Assurance professionals.
Depending on the species size, it’s life history, seasonality, region of harvest and any available credible historical data, each species has it’s own Seafood Safe testing protocol.
Methodology Behind Recommendations:
Seafood Safe relies on EPA's national guidance for the development and use of risk-based consumption limits for both mercury and PCBs. This approach is designed to protect children and women of childbearing age, and therefore Seafood Safe consumption advice generally errs on the side of safety for men and older women. For PCBs, Seafood Safe uses EPA’s cancer risk values, which represent a risk level of 1 in 100,000. Unlike the FDA's maximum levels for mercury and PCBs, the EPA risk-assessment approach is based solely on protecting human health and stems from more recent and rigorously reviewed science.
Women of childbearing age are the most pertinent subpopulation when it comes to the health effects of seafood contaminants because direct consumption of contaminated seafood can harm a woman’s unborn fetus or nursing baby. Children are especially susceptible to the effects of seafood contaminants, and consumption should be adjusted accordingly depending on different body weights and/or average portion sizes. Please see recommended consumption levels by age and body weight for more information.
Since mercury and PCBs have different health risks, Seafood Safe uses the contaminant concentration that corresponds to the more conservative consumption advice.
Many people often eat more than 4oz. of fish at one time.
It is important to consider these facts when determining your consumption levels:
Children are especially susceptible to the effects of seafood contaminants.
Seafood Safe’s recommendations are for healthy people. People with elevated levels of mercury and/or PCB’s should consult their doctor before utilizing Seafood Safe’s consumption recommendations.
Seafood Safe strongly recommends that consumers keep track of their cumulative consumption, especially if consuming more than one species.
Businesses interested in participating in testing and labeling should send inquiries to Information@SeafoodSafe.com