A Woman's
To Eating Fish and Seafood

Fish Platter

What You Should Know If You Are:

Planning to Be Pregnant
or Have a Young Child

Fish are an excellent source of protein, minerals and vitamins and play a role in maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet.

However, did you know that some fish can contain harmful contaminants? This is a special concern if you are pregnant, planning to be pregnant, nursing a baby, or have a young child. Contaminated fish may not look, smell, or taste different. But they can still harm you -- and your child.

You can still get the benefits of eating fish by wisely choosing:

  • safer types of fish
  • safer ways to prepare fish
  • how often you eat fish and how much you eat

This page includes more details about these recommendations. However, you should also discuss fish consumption with your health care provider.

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Mercury, PCBs, Dioxins and Chlordane:
How Do They Affect Babies and Young Children?

How Can You Reduce Your Exposure to These Contaminants in Recreationally Caught Fish?

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Follow Consumption Advice

Choose How Much Fish You eat and How Often

Preparation and Cooking Guidelines for Fish Under Advisories


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What About Store-Bought Fish ?
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If you would like to know more about safe ways to eat fish, contact the agencies listed below.
For information on New Jersey health advisories contact:
NJ Department of Environmental Protection
  • Division of Science & Research (609)984-6070
  • Division of Fish & Wildlife (609)748-2020
NJ Department of Health & Senior Services

For background information on the advisories, local libraries can refer you to:
NJ Administrative Code 7:25 -14, 18A

For information on Delaware health advisories, contact:
DE Department of Health and Social Services (302) 739-5617

For information on New York health advisories, contact:
NY Department of Environmental Conservation (518) 457-6178

For information on Pennsylvania health advisories, contact:
PA Department of Environmental Protection (717) 787~9633

For information on buying, handling, storing or labeling seafood, contact:
U.S. Food and Drug Administration Seafood Hotline at (800) FDA-4010


For comments regarding this site, please contact Terri Tucker.

Last revision: 6/7/00