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Natural Products News Beat 4670

April 24, 2008

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The easier way to clean fish
Responding to concerns that some seafood has unsafe levels of mercury and PCBs, EcoFish of Dover, N.H., now offers canned tuna and salmon that is independently tested for those contaminants by Seafood Safe LLC and carries a label that tells consumers how many servings they can safely eat.

The American Heart Association and the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommend eating seafood for its low saturated fat and omega-3 fatty acids, but until now few companies have tested for the presence of mercury or PCBs, so consumers have had to weigh the risks for themselves.

Mary Jane McCraven of EcoFish said, "[Seafood Safe] does random testing, and if they find levels of those contaminants that are higher than what's recommend by the EPA, we dump it."

April 8 looms large on the calendars of activists who campaign against genetically modified organisms, when Joint International GMOpposition Day will coincide with some worldwide biotechnology events. As the Biotechnology Industry Organization convention meets April 8 in Chicago, American activists plan to hold a counterconvention, BioETHICS 2006.

Jeffrey Smith, director of the Institute for Responsible Technology, has released a three-DVD compilation of documentaries about the risks of genetically modified foods for the April 8 events and for Earth Day, April 2

  • The GMO trilogy is sponsored by companies including Eden Foods, Nature's Path, Organic Valley, Frey Vineyards, Nutiva, Now Foods, French Meadow Bakery, Organic Food Bar, Organic Consumers Association and The Institute for Responsible Technology. The three discs are titled, Unnatural Selection, Hidden Dangers in Kids' Meals and You're Eating WHAT?

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