Ask an expert

23 Nov 2005

Mercury levels in tuna
Is it true that there are unacceptably high levels of mercury present in tuna? I eat on average one can of tuna every other day because I like it so much. Will this be detrimental to my health, and if so, how will it affect me?
Answer 400 views

01 Jan 0001

Dear C
There have been reports that some tinned fish products such as tuna have been found to contain high levels of mercury. However, most canned tuna is tested before sale and should not be contaminated. Mercury poisoning, like all heavy metal poisoning, would lead to damage to the nervous system, loss of hair, cutaneous symptoms, etc.
Best regards
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.