New report tells parents to limit children's intake of tuna

By WEEK Producer
By NBC News

New report tells parents to limit children's intake of tuna

September 20, 2012 Updated Sep 20, 2012 at 11:14 AM CDT

MONTPELIER, VT -- A new report warns parents to limit or even eliminate canned tuna from their kids' diets.

It comes from a collection of consumer groups concerned that tuna may lead to mercury poisoning in children.

After testing samples from 11 states, researchers found the amount of mercury differed greatly in each can, although light tuna had less than albacore tuna.

The Mercury Policy Project advices that children should never eat albacore tuna and be limited to only one serving a month of light tuna if they're under 55 pounds.

Despite this report, the FDA is standing by its recommendation that children can consume 12 ounces of light tuna or six ounces of albacore tuna each week.

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