Eating fish on a regular basis is a heart healthy food choice, and Michigan’s lakes and rivers offer an extensive variety. If you’re spending your summer days casting lines to catch dinner, you want to make sure that the fish you’re catching are safe to consume. As with any other food choice, being informed can help you limit your exposure to chemicals and other toxins.
To help prevent overexposure to toxic chemicals, the Michigan Department of Community Health publishes regional guidelines for safe fish consumption. The Eat Safe Fish Guide is a tool to help you Choose, Clean, and Cook fish to reduce exposure to toxins. The guidelines in the ESF Guide are set to be safe for everyone, including children, pregnant or breastfeeding women, and people who have health problems, like cancer or diabetes. The ESF Guide is also useful for healthy adults who want to avoid ingesting too many chemicals in their bodies. Chemicals like PCBs and dioxins are linked to cancer, diabetes, and other illnesses. Mercury can cause damage to your brain and nerves.
To choose safer fish, follow these steps:
- Step 1: View the Eat Safe Fish Brochure to find out if you’re at risk from chemicals and toxins in fish.
- Step 2: Use the Eat Safe Fish Guide for the Upper Peninsula to find safer fish to eat.
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Eat Safe Fish in Michigan