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Walmart and Sam's Club: Post Mercury Warnings!

Tell Walmart to post mercury warnings

Oceana is asking Walmart and its subsidiary Sam's Club to post the Food and Drug Administration's mercury advice at their seafood displays.

While news stories about food recalls rip through the headlines at light speed, many families remain unaware of the ongoing risk of mercury in seafood. Because mercury can harm a young child or unborn baby's developing nervous system, the FDA has issued advice for women of child-bearing age and children to avoid or limit their consumption of certain fish that are contaminated with elevated levels of mercury.

Studies have shown that as many as 30 percent of women planning to have a child or already pregnant do not know that mercury in fish could harm their children's development. And an EPA scientist has estimated that one in ten women of childbearing age has enough mercury in her body to pose neurological risks to her developing baby.

Signs Warn Customers: Walmart and Sam's Club should post signs containing the FDA mercury advice wherever they sell seafood. Families should be equipped with this information when they are buying fish so that they can make informed seafood purchases. Many other companies are posting signs but Walmart has refused to take this step to protect its customers.

Other Companies Are Posting Signs: Over one third of major grocery companies nationally are posting signs about mercury in fish and are recognized on Oceana's Green List.

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