What type of shark meat can you eat?


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There is no safe shark meat to eat because all shark meat potentially exposes a person to high levels of mercury, according to CNN. The US. Environmental Protection Agency advises children, women who might become pregnant, pregnant women and nursing mothers to avoid eating shark meat.

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The U.S. Federal Food and Drug Administration includes shark meat on its list of fish foods to avoid. A South African study of shark meat samples found that the level of mercury was 10 times higher in sharks than safety standards allowed. Because sharks are long-lived predators that eat other fish containing mercury, the mercury has a much longer time to accumulate in their bodies.

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