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Lansing – A Michigan agency has released updated recommendations for eating fish from the state’s waters while minimizing exposure to chemicals that can build up in their bodies.

The Department of Health and Human Services says the 2018 Eat Safe Fish Guides serve the same purpose as nutrition labels.

They’re based on testing the fish portions that people eat – typically the filets. Results from the state laboratory are used to determine which fish is safe for consumption over a long period.

The safe eating guides are different from the fishing guide issued by the Department of Natural Resources. The health department’s suggestions are not based on laws or regulations and are intended to help people plan healthy meals.

The chemicals most commonly found in fish are mercury and PCBs.

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