Advisories and Risks

Risk is an inherent and everyday part of our lives. Many of our common activities include an element of risk, and each of us decides which of these risks are worth taking. The pages under this heading explore some of the major issues that have been raised with seafood consumption, mostly the pollutants that may make their way into seafood.

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Food and Drug Administration Offers Safe Seafood Guidelines

August 4, 2006 - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently added to its food safety website information about selecting and serving seafood safely. Several pages are available, and discuss topics ranging from shopping for seafood to storage, cooking, and consumption of raw seafood.

Update on NJ Advisories Issued

March 30, 2006 - The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection issued updated fish consumption advisories for New Jersey waters.

Study Finds Government Advisories on Fish Consumption and Mercury May Do More Harm Than Good...

October 19, 2005 - The Harvard School of Public Health issued a press release which states in part that "... A comparison of the risks and benefits of fish consumption suggests that government advisories warning women of childbearing age about mercury exposure should be issued with caution. The study warns that if advisories cause fish consumption in the general public to drop out of fear about the effects of mercury, substantial nutritional benefits could be lost. The study will appear as a series of five articles in the November issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Other Advisories and Risk Information


  1. Rutgers
  2. Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  3. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences