Fish consumption advisories (FCAs) alert peopleto the potential health risks assocated with consuming fish species that have levels of contamination that could harm human health. The most common contaminants addressed by such advisories are mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Children, infants, pregnant and nursing women, or women who may become pregnant are the most vulnerable and FCAs often recommend these groups eat less fish that are thought to be contaminated.
The following online resources provide additional information on fish consumption advisories and making healthy and safe choices when eating fish
- North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services — Fish Consumption Advisories website
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Superfund Research Center — Eat Fish Choose Wisely
- North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension and Center for Human Health and the Environment — What You Need to Know about Eating Freshwater Fish in North Carolina: Fish Consumption Advisories
- Duke University Superfund Research Center — “Stop, Check, Enjoy!” education campaign materials
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency — Advice about Eating Fish: For Women Who Are or Might Become Pregnant, Breastfeeding Mothers, and Young Children