EPA contaminated fish publicity campaign

The US EPA and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry has launched a publicity campaign informing US health professionals and their patients about the dangers of eating fish harvested from contaminated waters.

A letter has been sent to 100,000 US family doctors asking them to advise their patients to pay attention to state or tribal-issued fish consumption advisories.

Doctors will also receive brochures, written in English, Spanish, and Hmong, an Asian dialect, that describe how to safely consume fish and minimise exposure to contaminated fish.

Copies of these brochures are also being sent to state and tribal environmental and public health professionals, along with a paper summarising the latest research on the dangers of eating PCB-contaminated fish.

The EPA has issued national guidance to all states and tribes to help ensure national consistency in establishing advisories and providing public notification.

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