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Food watchdog to review advice on fish

FSA will look at fishing's impact on environment

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Official advice about eating fish will be reviewed due to environmental concerns, the food watchdog has announced.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) will still encourage people to eat more fish, saying they should usually aim for at least two portions per week.

But it has launched a review of its advice in the light of growing concerns about the sustainability of some types of fish.

Impact of fishing

The FSA will also consider the wider environmental impact of fishing and fish farming.

Its review is likely to focus on which fish people buy, where those fish are caught and how they are caught, a spokesman said.

The watchdog is inviting industry bodies, environmental, health and consumer groups for their input.


Rosemary Hignett, head of the FSA’s nutrition division, said: ‘We are aware that fish consumption and sustainability is a key issue for many consumers and current advice can be confusing.’

Current FSA advice is that people should eat at least two portions of fish per week, one of which should be an oily fish such as salmon, mackerel or trout.

Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or want to get pregnant should not eat more than two portions of oily fish per week due to the possible presence of pollutants.

The findings of the FSA’s review will be published by the end of this year.

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