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Chemicals in Sportfish and Game 2001-2002

By Environmental Protection Agency

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Book Id: WPLBN0000042370
Format Type: PDF eBook
File Size: 0.6 MB
Reproduction Date: 2007
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Title: Chemicals in Sportfish and Game 2001-2002  
Author: Environmental Protection Agency
Language: English
Subject: Ecology, Natural resource issues, Environemtal protection
Collections: Environmental Awareness Library Collection
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Publisher: United States Environmental Protection Agency


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Excerpt: The New York State Department of Health (DOH) issues advisories on eating sportfish and game because some of these foods contain chemicals at levels that may be harmful to your health. These advisories are for sportfish and game that people take and are not for fish and game sold in markets. The health advisories are: (1) general advice on sportfish taken from waters in New York State; (2) advice on sportfish from specific waterbodies; and (3) advice on eating game. The advisory tells you how to minimize your exposure to contaminants in sportfish and game and reduce whatever health risks are associated with them. The advisories are updated yearly. Background Fish and game are nutritious and good to eat. But some fish may take in contaminants from the water they live in and the food they eat. Game, too, may take in contaminants from their food and water. Some of these contaminants build up in fish and game--and in people--over time. These contaminants could harm people, so it is important to keep your exposure to these contaminants as low as possible. The federal government sets standards for chemicals in food that is sold commercially, including fish. The decision to eat sportfish or game that you take is not regulated by government. Instead, state governments issue advisories. In New York State, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) routinely monitors contaminant levels in fish and game and DOH issues advisories when sportfish have contaminant levels greater than federal standards. These advisories are not intended to discourage you from eating fish or game, but should be used as a guide to minimize your exposure to contaminants.

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