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Parliamentary questions
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3 January 2020
E-000009/2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Izaskun Bilbao Barandica
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Restrictions on consumption of fish in school canteens

In November 2019, Spain’s Ministry of Health issued a recommendation through its Food Safety Agency that the consumption of fish with a potentially high mercury content in school canteens should be reviewed. The Agency raised from three to ten the age limit below which it advises against intake of species that store higher amounts of this heavy metal, such as swordfish, shark, bluefin tuna and pike, among others. The Agency believes that high concentrations of mercury may affect the development of the central nervous system.

Do any EU guidelines or regulations make similar recommendations?

What alternative species could be recommended to replace those cited?

Should this recommendation be extended to cover other groups at risk?

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