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Estimated level of blood mercury (µg/L), level of blood mercury that the US EPA considers safe

Based on the US EPA’s Reference Dose

Link to FDA’s 2003 data on levels of mercury in 17 types of fish

Because the numbers used in the mercury calculator are averages, the fish you eat may contain mercury at levels significantly higher or lower than the numbers used in this calculator. The results of the calculator are only an estimate of the possible level of mercury in your blood and should not be considered definitive. The estimate does not predict any risk to you or your family. If you are concerned about the calculator’s results or wish to get a more accurate reading through a blood mercury test, you should talk to your doctor.

Total mg/kg mercury per week

Based on the US EPA’s Reference Dose

If your results are less than 0.7 below, your mercury levels are likely within EPA’s recommended range. If your results exceed 0.7, your levels may be higher than EPA recommends.

Data source: “Mercury Levels in Commercial Fish & Shellfish,” by FDA and EPA (http://vm.cfsan.fda.gov/~frf/sea-mehg.html)

and eliminate some of the contaminants reaching the Arctic, and to inform and educate Northerners about the issue of contaminants. Relevant to this report is the work that is being done to inform and educate Northerner Dwellers about the issue and how to manage their diet around existing and emerging contaminant issues.

The initial response of Northern aboriginal communities to information on contaminants in aquatic food was a dramatic switch away from eating “country foods.” In a region where there are few readily available and affordable nutritional alternatives and 56 percent of the population is “food insecure,” this exposed the population to a greater risk from poor nutrition than that posed by the contaminants. Communication about contaminants also affected the social structure of the region as it had a negative impact on the practice of sharing food, due to concerns that hunters might be poisoning friends and family. There was also a negative impact on the efforts of health workers to encourage breastfeeding in the region.

Under the NCP, any contaminant information has to be filtered through a community committee made up of representatives from the aboriginal and Inuit organizations, and health and wildlife workers. This committee is responsible for taking the messages that scientists may develop, and turning

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