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Newsletter—July/August 2007

Note: The following summaries are based on articles from the press and from peer-reviewed publications, and they represent the opinions of the original authors. The views of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government, and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes. Reference herein to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government.

Recent Advisory News

  • Don't eat certain fish from Wenatchee River. WASHINGTON—A recent Washington State Department of Ecology report showed that PCB levels in mountain whitefish collected from the Wenatchee River between Leavenworth and the Columbia River were elevated. State health officials subsequently issued a new fish advisory for mountain whitefish from this 27-mile stretch of river.
    • Source: eMaxHealth.com - June 28, 2007
  • Advisory: limit river fish meals. ALABAMA—State health officials recently added new fish consumption advisories in various water bodies due to sampling conducted by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.
    • Source: Clarke County Democrat - July 13, 2007
  • State agencies issue two fish consumption advisories in Pike County—Heather Haley reports. KENTUCKY—State health officials recently issued new fish consumption advisories for two water bodies due to elevated PCB and mercury levels.
    • Source: WYMT - July 5, 2007
  • DNR finds more mercury in walleyes, warns of health risk. WISCONSIN—State health officials recently released new fish consumption advisories for various water bodies due to elevated mercury levels.
    • Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - July 8, 2007

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Current Events, News and Journal Articles

  • Fish consumption by New Yorkers has led to high blood mercury levels. NEW YORK—A recent Health and Nutrition Examination Survey for New York City indicated that 25 percent of adults in the city have elevated mercury levels due in part to fish consumption.
    • Source: Afrique en ligne - July 24, 2007
  • Some lake fish are more toxic. CANADA—A recent study conducted by a Canadian-based environmental advocacy group analyzed four species of fish in 13 locations along the Great Lakes. In brief, results indicated that toxic levels in fish from four of the five Great Lakes have increased and may result in health risks to Canadians and Americans.
    • Source: DetNews.com - July 5, 2007
  • Organochlorine pesticides in seafood products from Southern China and health risk assessment. Authors in this article evaluated the residual levels of various organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) in seafood products collected from various coastal cities in southern China. Results indicated that various OCP levels were elevated and therefore may pose a health treat to consumers around the world.
    • Source: Guo, J.Y., Zeng, E.Y. Wu, F.C., Meng, X.Z., Mai, B.X., Luo, X.J. (2007). Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Volume 26(6): 1109-1115.
  • Fast method for routine simultaneous analysis of methylmercury and butyltins in seafood. This article describes a method that enables simultaneous determination of the concentration of four constituents (methylmercury, monobutyltin, dibutyltin and tributyltin) in seafood. The article includes details for extraction and derivatisation/preconcentration. A comparison of method results with certified reference materials indicated that the method accuracy was of satisfaction.
    • Source: Zabaljauregui, M., Delgado, A., Usobiaga, A., Zuloaga, O, de Diego, Al, Madariaga, J.M. (2007). Journal of Chromatography A. Volume 1148(1): 78-85.
  • Total mercury concentration in edible tissues of two elasmobranch species from Crete (eastern Mediterranean Sea). The authors analyzed the mercury levels in edible tissues of spiny dogfish and smooth-hound sharks collected from the eastern Mediterranean Sea around the island of Crete. The authors concluded that mercury levels in smooth-hound shark were generally below the limit whereas 81% of the spiny dogfish samples exceeded this limit.
    • Source: Kousteni, V., Megalofonou, P., Dassenakis, M., Stathopoulou, E. (2007). CYBIUM. Volume 30(4): 119-123.

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Meetings and Conferences

  • American Fisheries Society (AFS) 136th Annual Meeting. September 2–6, 2007, San Francisco, CA. For more information, visit AFS http://www.fisheries.org/sf/.   Exit EPA Disclaimer
  • 121st AOAC Annual Meeting and Exposition. September 16–20, 2007, Anaheim, CA. For more information, visit AOAC http://www.aoac.org/meetings1/121st_annual_mtg/registration.htm Exit EPA Disclaimer
  • American Public Health Association (APHA) 135th Annual Meeting and Exposition. November 3–7, 2007, Washington, DC. For more information, visit APHA http://www.apha.org/meetings/ Exit EPA Disclaimer
  • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North America 28th Annual Meeting. November 11–15, 2007, Milwaukee, WI. For more information, visit SETAC http://milwaukee.setac.org/home.asp.  
  • Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) 2007 Annual Meeting. December 9–12, 2007, San Antonio, TX. For more information, visit SRA http://www.sra.org/events_2007_meeting.php Exit EPA Disclaimer

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