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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 10, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Junuory 10, 1973 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 19 Recommendations expected shortly Legal mercury level for food under study By CLENMS ZILM OTTAWA CCP) Mercury is extremely tone in fish and any legal maximum levels for other I foods probably will be "consid- erably lower" than the present 0.5 parts per million (ppm) guide now used for levels in fish, Dr. D. G. Chapman said here. The director of the food advi- bureau in the federal health deoartmrat said consid-. e.-aiioa of the total intake of j mercury is what must be con-! sldered. Canada and other countries. DOW are trying to establish how much mercury an adult can take daily without health dam- I ago. Dr. Chapman said in an m- terview. So far ihis maximum ciilv allowance has no: been es- tablishetl. I The World Health Organ-. isation probably will publish recommendations on this soya, he said. In the meantime, the govern- ment will stick to its adminis- trative guideline of 0.5 ppm of mercury in fish. "All evidence points to the de- sirabilhy, from a heath hazard standpoint, of reducing this level as son as he io'-d the Ontario Council of Com- mercial Fisheries Ian year. TOO HAPPY He stands by this: "We're never too happy about a chemical as tone as this in toy food product and therefore we v.xnildn't want to establish even this level too firmly. "We might want to see it re- duced.'' Mercury is present in the en- vironment nEiurally. hut i; oc- curs there in small about 0.03 ppm n the earth's crun. Canoette raps Conservatives SKYLAB PRACTICE ROLLOUT 15 rocks! v will orbit the Skylab astro- nsuls is Boiled frc-r. csser-Vy bui'dirg c! Cape Ke-.nedy, Fla., for a series cf tests. Rocket aicp a pedestal. OTTAWA