After the US Food and Drug Authority found high levels of mercury in certain
kinds of fish and recommended an as-yet unimplemented change in government
policy, the Health Ministry in Jerusalem has reiterated its own policy on eating
The ministry said that fish is an excellent source of protein, low
in saturated fat and high in omega 3, which is beneficial.
fish, it said, “contributes to the health of adults and children. The ministry
recommends to the whole population, including children, to eat fish of various
types. There is no reason to limit its consumption among the public in general
and children in particular, but rather to observe a varied and balanced
Among preserved fish, the ministry said canned tuna sold here is
mostly light tuna with very low concentrations of mercury. Tuna with high
mercury includes white tuna.
Swordfish and shark, which also have high
mercury levels, are not widely consumed in Israel, it said.
regularly monitors mercury levels in tuna sold here. The latest data showed that
only 16 percent of samples of light canned tuna contained any mercury at all,
and in those cases, the levels were within permitted limits.
contain a permitted level of mercury.
Pregnant women should not,
according to the ministry, eat shark, swordfish, king mackerel, tilefish or
white albacore tuna, which are liable to have large amounts of mercury.