PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) are a group of industrial chemicals.
PCBs were once used in electrical transformers, plastics, and lubricating oils, but were banned in the US in the 1970s.
PCBs persist in the environment from spills, leaks, and improper disposal. They can remain for many years in soil and the sediment under rivers, lakes and other water bodies.
PCBs may also be found in fish and shellfish. These foods can contain high levels of PCBs in some areas.
High levels of PCBs:
can increase cancer risk.
can harm the developing fetus and infant, which can include effects on growth and learning.
Women can pass PCBs on to their babies during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Yes! Low-contaminant fish are an important part of a healthy, well-balanced diet.
Fish are a good source of protein, vitamins, and are a primary source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
Eating two servings of fish per week is good for you, according to the American Heart Association.
If you are pregnant, eating low-contaminant fish may help the baby’s brain develop.
Fatty fish, bottom feeders, and fish that eat other fish.
Larger, older fish.
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