Unacceptable levels of toxic chemicals found in freshwater fish

Paul Knight wrote to The Times to protest against government inaction at unacceptable levels of toxic chemicals found in freshwater fish:

“Recent research by the Food Standards Agency and the Food and Environment Research Agency has shown that many freshwater fish contain excessive levels of toxic chemicals in their body tissue. This is not only a concern for humans who increasingly consume these fish, but it is also a natural indicator that our rivers are not the pristine streams that official spin would have us believe. Indeed, the Environment Agency’s classification shows that only some 23% of English rivers achieve good ecological status, the only credible yardstick by which our waterways should be judged, in that it measures the life within them.

Perhaps this Food Agency research will finally make our decision makers realise that more resources and political commitment are required from the next Government if we are to reverse the degradation in our river systems, which this Association believes is nothing short of a national disgrace.”

A full news story on the forthcoming report from the Food Standards Agency can be found at: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/chemicals-in-freshwater-fish-put-health-at-risk-9970343.html?origin=internalSearch#