231250 Consuming Aquaculture and Wild-Caught Fish: Risks and Benefits

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 8:50 AM - 9:10 AM

Charles Santerre, PhD , Foods and Nutrition, Purdue University, est Lafayette, IN
In recent years, a number of concerns have been raised about the safety of consuming farmed or wild-caught fish. Environmental pollutants that accumulate in selected seafood products have caused some to regard fish as dangerous for fetuses, nursing infants and young children. Yet, nutritionists contend that seafood can provide benefits that far outweigh the risks. In this presentation, we will discuss two important environmental pollutants (mercury and PCBs) which are found in fish and compare the reported concentrations to regulatory limits and health-based endpoints. In addition, we will discuss the health benefits and provide advice for sensitive populations which can help them to make informed decisions to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks of eating seafood. We will also highlight our website www.fish4health.net.

Learning Areas:
Environmental health sciences
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Identify two important environmental pollutants in fish

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have an extensive research/publication background involving the topic of my presentation. My research group has received extensive grant funding to conduct these studies.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.