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Newsletter—April 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

  • Fish advisory issued. TEXAS - Texas state health department recently issued new fish advisories in the Hills Lake and Clear Lake.
    • Source: KTRE - March 28, 2007
  • Health advisory placed on fish caught in Northern Nevada waters. NEVADA - Nevada state department recently analyzed fish tissue samples collected from 39 recreational waters. Results indicated that mercury levels were elevated in a number of samples resulting in issuance of a number of new fish consumption advisories.
    • Source: Nevada Appeal - March 10, 2007
  • Pennsylvanians are encouraged to follow guidelines for trout fishing, eating. PENNSYLVANIA - Recent fish tissue study results indicated that no additional fish advisories are needed in 2007. Pennsylvania state health officials however reminded anglers that the current statewide and site-specific consumption advisories still apply.
    • Source: eMaxHealth.com - March 30, 2007
  • Warning on fish extended in Wake Lake Crabtree, upstream tainted. NORTH CAROLINA - The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has recently extended the current fish consumption advisories due to elevated levels of PCBs.
    • Source: News & Observer - March 13, 2007
  • Advisory on Spring Creek and Straight Creek in Jackson and Atchison Counties lifted. KANSAS -Kansas state health officials have lifted the fish consumption advisories in portions of Spring Creek and Straight Creek.
    • Source: Kansas City infoZine - March 14, 2007
  • Campus Lake fish contaminated, contain high levels of mercury. ILLINOIS -Illinois state health officials issued the annual fish consumption advisories and included additional advisories due to mercury contamination.
    • Source: SIU - Daily Egyptian - March 18, 2007

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Current Events, News and Journal Articles

  • Mercury limits set for six ocean fish species. CANADA - Health Canada has recently issued the first fish consumption advisory for six fish ocean fish species due to mercury contamination.
    • Source: Globe and Mail - March 29, 2007
  • Exposure assessment for trace elements from consumption of marine fish in Southeast Asia. This study analyzed concentrations of 20 trace elements in muscle and liver samples in 34 marine fish species collected from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Results indicated that mean concentrations of mercury were highest in the Java Sea side of Indonesia and that mercury levels in some fish have exceeded the U.S. EPA guidelines.
    • Source: Agusa, T., Kunito, T., Sudaryanto, A., Monirith, I., Kan-Atireklap, S., Iwata, H., Ismail, A. Sanguansin, J., Muchtar, M., Tana, T.S., Tanabe, S. (2007). Environmental Pollution. Volume 145(3): 766-777.
  • Benefits and risks of fish consumption Part II. RIBEPEIX, a computer program to optimize the balance between the intake of omega-3 fatty acids and chemical contaminants. This study presents a simple computer program, RIBEPEIX, which the authors believed to be useful for both professionals and the general population. In brief, the program is a tool to quantify the intake of benefits (concentrations of eicosapentaenoic acid and docosohexaenoic acid), and risks (concentrations of chemical contaminants) of fish consumption and to optimize fish consumption.
    • Source: Domingo, J.L., Bocio, A., Marti-Cid, R., Llobet, J.M. (2007). Toxicology. Volume 230(2-3): 227-233.
  • Separation of risks and benefits of seafood intake. This study evaluates the adverse effects of methylmercury exposure during pregnancy with and without adjustment for the benefits associated with fish intake. The study concluded that the effects of benefits, if not adjusted for in the study, could lead to underestimation of toxic exposure.
    • Source: Budtz-Jorgensen, E., Grandjean, P., Weihe, P. (2007). Environmental Health Perspectives. Volume 115(3): 323-327.
  • Assessment of methylmercury exposure in Wisconsin. A recent study conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services assessed the methylmercury concentration in hair samples collected from 978 men and 1050 women. Results showed that mercury levels in hair collected from men were generally higher than those for women, indicating men could be a high risk population.
    • Source: Knobeloch, L., Gliori, G., Anderson, H. (2007). Environmental Research. Volume 103(2): 205-210.

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Meetings and Conferences

  • American Water Resources Association (AWRA) 2007 Summer Specialty Conference, Emerging Contaminants of Concern in the Environment: Issues, Investigations. June 25-27, 2007, Vail, CO. For more information, visit AWRA http://awra.org/meetings/Vail2007/index.html Exit EPA Disclaimer .
  • National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) 71th Annual Educational Conference & Exhibition. June 25-28, 2007, Atlantic City, NJ. For more information, visit NEHA http://www.neha.org Exit EPA Disclaimer .
  • 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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