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Joint FAO/WHO Expert Consultation on the Risks and Benefits of Fish Consumption - 2010

25/01/2010 - 29/01/2010
The Consultation recommended a series of steps, such as the need to emphasize the various benefits from fish consumption, and the various risks of not consuming fish. FAO and WHO held the Expert Consultation on the Risks and Benefits of Fish Consumption 25 to 29 January 2010. The tasks of the experts were to assess the health benefits and risks associated with consumption of fish. The Consultation recommended a series of steps that member states should take to better assess and manage the risks and benefits of fish consumption and more effectively communicate with their citizens:

Acknowledge fish consumption as an important food source of energy, protein, and a range of essential nutrients and part of the cultural traditions of many peoples. Emphasize the benefits of fish consumption on reducing CHD mortality (and CHD mortality risks of not eating fish) for the general adult population. Emphasize the neurodevelopment benefits to offspring of fish consumption by women of childbearing age, particularly pregnant women and nursing mothers, and the neurodevelopment risks to offspring of such women not consuming fish Develop, maintain, and improve existing databases on specific nutrients and contaminants, particularly MeHg and DLCs, in fish consumed in their region. Develop and evaluate risk management and communication strategies that both minimize risks and maximize benefits from eating fish.  The full report is available here.

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