||Salmon and PCBs|
Help Clean The
River and Bay!
|Several recent studies show that farmed Salmon and some
wild-caught Salmon are contaminated with PCB levels which pose a health
threat to consumers. These revelations raise serious questions
about U.S. food safety and toxic chemical cleanup programs:
2. Why is this Happening? Why is PCB contamination still so widespread? Why has the government been so slow to eliminate the sources of PCBs in these fish? Why isn't public health protection a greater priority? Here on the Fox River, the governments have delayed PCB cleanup action for 30 years, and the recent cleanup decision would still allow significant contamination to remain. (see Record of Decision)
3. What About Public Health? Why is the 2 ppm PCB standard issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for "acceptable" PCB consumption in commercially marketed fish so weak? Several years ago, the eight Great Lakes states, after nearly 10 years of debate and study, established a uniform health standard of only 0.05 ppm PCBs, to be used for fish consumption warnings for Great Lakes sport anglers. This lower number is still weaker than it should be --- it still allows a 1-in-10,000 cancer risk, as a political compromise among the state governments. Even so, the much weaker federal standard is an outrage. [see Human Health Effects of PCBs]
Here on the Fox River we have a similar concern. The White Perch and Whitefish caught in the Fox River and Green Bay are included in the Wisconsin fish consumption advisories to warn people to limit their consumption of these fish, if they are caught by sport anglers, but because the FDA standard is so much weaker, the same fish are allowed to be sold to commercial markets to unsuspecting consumers in restaurants and grocery stores. At the same time, health agencies are encouraging people to eat more fish, which is actually putting the public at risk due to lax PCB standards. The contradictions are obvious and must not be allowed to continue.
The DNR recently issued a report on PCB and mercury contamination in Green Bay's White Perch, and discussed the potential for commercial sales.
Links to More Information
CONTENT BY: Rebecca Leighton Katers
WEB DESIGN BY: DataScouts
WEB HOSTING BY: Doteasy