Table 1.

Mercury advisory levels set by regulatory agencies. (The weekly maximum level recommended by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization for women of childbearing age is equivalent to 0.2 μg kg−1 body weight per day.)

agencymercury advisory levelreference
European Commission1.0 ppmEuropean Commission (2008)
Food and Agriculture Organization1.6 μg kg−1 body weight per weekCodex Alimentarius Commission (1995)
Health Canada1.0 ppmHealth Canada (2007)
Japanese Ministry of Health0.4 ppmYamashita (2005)
US Environmental Protection Agency0.1 μg kg−1 body weight per dayEPA (1997)
US Food and Drug Administration1.0 ppmFDA (2000)
World Health Organization1.6 μg kg−1 body weight per weekCodex Alimentarius Commission (1995)