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Focus Pocus

Internal documents reveal that the FDA is failing in its public health obligation to warn pregnant women about mercury in tuna.

March 1, 2002

Focus Pocus: Press Materials

Additional Report Materials

Key documents showing FDA’s failure to protect the public from the hazards of mercury-contaminated seafood

Letter from five Senators to the FDA requesting an explanation about why they have not adopted the National Academy of Sciences and the EPA standards for mercury in seafood consumed by pregnant women

 

Certified transcripts from the FDA focus groups obtained through FOIA

 

October 11, 2000 @ 6 p.m. — Calverton, Maryland

October 11, 2000 @ 8 p.m. — Calverton, Maryland

October 12, 2000 @ 6 p.m. — Calverton, Maryland

October 12, 2000 @ 8 p.m. — Calverton, Maryland

October 16, 2000 @ 6 p.m. — Denver, Colorado

October 16, 2000 @ 8 p.m. — Denver, Colorado

October 17, 2000 @ 6 p.m. — Denver, Colorado

October 17, 2000 @ 8 p.m. — Denver, Colorado

November 8, 2000 @ 8 p.m. — Boston, Massachusetts

November 14, 2000 @ 6 p.m. — Calverton, Maryland

November 14, 2000 @ 8 p.m. — Calverton, Maryland

 

Warnings from state health departments to pregnant women about tuna steak and canned tuna

  • Connecticut - http://www.dph.state.ct.us/Publications/BCH/EEOH/pregwomen2.pdf
  • Maine - http://www.state.me.us/dhs/etp/hgchart.pdf
  • Massachusetts - http://www.state.ma.us/dph/media/2001/pr0724.htm
  • Minnesota - http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/fish/fishmom.html
  • New Hampshire - http://www.dhhs.state.nh.us/CommPublicHealth/RiskAssess.nsf/91f1650bd9858f92852567c3004d5df8/69df056c96ff31168525690c00746208/$FILE/mercurfs.pdf
  • New Jersey - http://www.state.nj.us/health/eoh/foodweb/fishguid.htm
  • Washington - http://www.doh.wa.gov/fish/FishAdvMercury.htm