By Sean Lee
WWJ Health Reporter
DETROIT (WWJ) – There are some new numbers out on mercury levels in women.READ MORE: Unemployment In Michigan: 30,816 New Jobless Claims Filed Last Week
The report, from the Environmental Protection Agency, shows mercury levels in American women of childbearing age have dropped about a third over the past decade.
Federal health officials think the drop is due to women making more informed choices about what types of seafood are safer to eat.READ MORE: If Kids Are Able To Get COVID Vaccine, Health Department May Re-Evaluate Michigan’s Re-Opening Plan
The EPA also found the percentage of women of childbearing age with blood mercury levels above the “level of concern” fell 65 percent during the study period.
That’s despite there being little change in the amount of fish eaten by women during the study period.
The EPA recommends that women who may become pregnant, pregnant women, nursing moms, and young children avoid eating shark, swordfish, king mackerel or tilefish due to high mercury levels.MORE NEWS: Gov. Whitmer Won’t Discuss Trip After Reported Use Of Private Jet
The Michigan Department of Community Health provides information about choosing safe fish to eat at this link.