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Nutrición Hospitalaria

On-line version ISSN 1699-5198Print version ISSN 0212-1611

Abstract

BODAS-PINEDO, Andrés et al. Consensus document on the prevention of exposure to methylmercury in Spain. Nutr. Hosp. [online]. 2015, vol.31, n.1, pp.16-31. ISSN 1699-5198.  http://dx.doi.org/10.3305/nh.2015.31.1.8392.

The beneficial effects of fish consumption in both children and adults are well known. However, the intake of methylmercury, mainly from contaminated fish and shellfish, can have adverse health effects. The study group on the prevention of exposure to methylmercury (GEPREM-Hg), made up of representatives from different Spanish scientific societies, has prepared a consensus document in a question and answer format, containing the group’s main conclusions, recommendations and proposals. The objective of the document is to provide broader knowledge of factors associated with methylmercury exposure, its possible effects on health among the Spanish population, methods of analysis, interpretation of the results and economic costs, and to then set recommendations for fish and shellfish consumption. The group sees the merit of all initiatives aimed at reducing or prohibiting the use of mercury as well as the need to be aware of the results of contaminant analyses performed on fish and shellfish marketed in Spain. In addition, the group believes that biomonitoring systems should be set up in order to follow the evolution of methylmercury exposure in children and adults and perform studies designed to learn more about the possible health effects of concentrations found in the Spanish population, tacombusking into account the lifestyle, eating patterns and the Mediterranean diet.

Keywords : Methylmercury; Fish; Health; Advisory; Biomarkers; Cost-benefit.

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