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Fish events & trends

  • 13 November 2018

Important events

Heavy metals: 149 +39% vs. 2016
Mercury in swordfish from Spain
47 events (-13%)
Mercury in shark form Spain
24 events (+380%)
Mercury in swordfish from Vietnam
20 events (+150%)
Mercury in shark & swordfish from Mozambique
0 events (dis.)
Mercury in swordfish from Indonesia
7 events (+75%)
Mercury in swordfish from Sri Lanka
6 events (re-app.)
Mercury in shark from Vietnam
3 events (re-app.)
Histamine: 64 +64% vs. 2016
Histamine in tuna from Spain
25 events (+150%)
Parasites: 41 +86% vs. 2016
Anisakis in various fishes form Spain
19 events (+850%)
Veterinary drugs: 13 +30% vs. 2016
Oxytetracycline in salmon from Chile
4 events (app.)
Green malachite in catfish form Vietnam
3 events (re-app.)
Listeria mono: 23 -32% vs. 2016
Listeria monocytogenes in salmon form Norway
6 events (+600%)
Listeria monocytogenes in smoked salmon form Poland
2 events (-67%)
Listeria monocytogenes in smoked salmon form the Netherlands
0 events (dis.)

Risk assessment

EC Safe Seafood: Consumer guide 2017²
EFSA: Scientific Opinion 2015³
Issues in fish products

Main issues about fish products
Pharmaceuticals (diclofenac, diazepam, azithromycin); Personal care products (galaxolide, UV filters); Toxic element species (inorganic arsenic, organic mercury, cadmium); Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons; Brominated flame retardants; Perfluorinated compounds; Plasticizers (bisphenol A, phthalates, Polychlorinated biphenyls); Marine biotoxines (azaspiracids, okadaic acid, tetrodotoxin)
Fish & Methyl Mercury

Benefits vs. risks of eating fish
Some populations reach the Tolerable Weekly Intake for Methyl Mercury before the Recommended Weekly Intake for fish
Toddlers, children, women of childbearing age have to limit consumption of fish species with high Methyl Mercury content such as swordfish, pike tuna and hake.

Source: © Merieux Nutrisciences