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Updated March 19, 2007 03:08 PM
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Amber Valletta isn’t just a model and an actress. She’s a mother. That’s why she supports Oceana’s Seafood Contamination Campaign. Mercury contamination in seafood has become a serious problem and has sparked concern in celebrity moms’ minds. Studies show that 1 in every 6 women in the U.S. have enough mercury in their bodies from fish consumption to cause negative neurological effects on their babies.

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In fact, the FDA has issued an advisory warning woman of childbearing age, pregnant woman, nursing mothers and young children not to eat King Mackerel, Shark, and Swordfish and to limit their consumption of Albacore Tuna and Tuna steaks because of their high mercury content. Amber is one of many who stand behind Oceana’s campaign to post the FDA warning at the seafood counter.

For more information on the campaign and smart seafood choices, visit Oceana.org.

In our home, we used to eat tuna fish once a week and I used to enjoy asalmon sushi bento box for dinner on a regular basis. However, sincelearning about the dangers of mercury and PCBs in fish, we stopped eating tuna fish (though I occasionally indulge in a monthly tuna bagel) and try to limit salmon consumption to once in a blue moon. I was never a big swordfish fan anyway, so that didn’t make much of a difference but the other day we were at a Chinese restaurant and almost ordered this unusual fried rice dish- until we learned it had swordfish in it.

Have you reduced the amount of fish you serve to your family because of mercury contamination?