TIME and Tuna Terrors : In Their Own Words

What They Tell You About:


The very first paragraph of the original story stated that the U.S. government advisory warned consumers against eating too much of the fish out of concern that the high mercury levels could damage the nervous system and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.


What They're Not Telling You

Time.com misrepresented the governments guidance. In fact, the governments guidance is not for the general public broadly but for a very specific sensitive subpopulation made up of women who might become pregnant, women who are pregnant, nursing mothers and young children to avoid 4 rarely eaten fish Shark, Swordfish, King Mackerel and Tilefish. The very same guidance states that women and young children can eat 12 ounces (2 average meals) a week of a variety of fish including no restrictions for light tuna and 6 ounces (or one average meal) of albacore tuna per week.

The Tough Questions:
How did Time.com get such basic facts about the U.S. governments fish eating guidance wrong, extrapolating the governments advice for a small well defined subset to the full population?