Eat fish...just not too many

On March 28, the Minnesota Department of Public Health issued a press release changing its consumption guidelines for bluegills caught in the Mississippi River between St. Paul and Hastings.

Until now, there have been no restrictions on eating bluegills. But the agency now suggests that people not eat more than one meal of bluegill a week.

Why the change? Tests on bluegill and smallmouth bass fillets revealed high levels of a perfluorochemical that used to be made by 3M in Cottage Grove and discharged into the river. The chemical doesn't break down in the environment and has caused liver damage in laboratory animals.

The state requires that any smallmouth bass be released after they're caught, so no consumption guidelines exist for that fish.

Bluegill: Bluegill (Courtesy DOI/FWS - Duane Raver)

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Anonymous says:

All I can say is that I'm glad that I'm a vegetarian, and don't eat fish, and haven't for one year and seven months

posted on Mon, 04/03/2006 - 9:05am

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