Canadian official promises mercury testing of Great Lakes fish sold in U.S
Written by Canadian Press   
Friday, 03 February 2006 10:09

Canada will conduct widespread mercury testing for fish caught on the Great Lakes and sold in the United States, according to a top official of an Ontario industry group.

Peter Meisenheimer, executive director of the Ontario Commercial Fisheries' Association, said the testing is being prompted, in part, by an investigation by the Chicago Tribune that found high mercury levels in some Canadian walleye.

Meisenheimer was quoted by the Tribune on Friday as saying testing could begin this year.

The tests will cover Lake Erie, Lake Superior, Lake Ontario, Lake Huron and the St. Lawrence River.

The industry will check fish for mercury, as well as PCBs and other pollutants.

Meisenheimer says the association will oversee the testing and experienced labs will do analysis.

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