There are many health benefits to eating fish. However, the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) recommends eating fish that are low in chemical contaminants.
Some fish have chemicals in them that can be harmful to human health if they are eaten too often. These chemicals won’t make you sick right away. You can’t see or taste these chemicals. The only way to know if they are in your fish is by using the Eat Safe Fish Guide (ESF Guide)published by the MDCH.
The ESF Guide lists fish species that have had filets tested for chemicals. It also explains how often the tested fish are safe to eat. People who don’t eat a lot of fish (1 or 2 meals per year) are less at risk from the chemicals. People who eat fish more often should always check the ESF Guide for advice.
The Eat Safe Fish Guide is science-based. The goal is to protect the health of everyone who eats fish. The Eat Safe Fish Guide, plus other helpful information about choosing and eating safe fish, is available online at: michigan.gov/eatsafefish or by calling 1-800-648-6942.
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