India Today - IndiaToday April19,2010 Fishingfortrouble

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India Today April 19, 2010 Fishing for trouble BYLINE:  Abhijit Dasgupta SECTION:  LIVING LENGTH:  976 words HIGHLIGHT:  As mercury contamination reaches danger levels in West Bengal and experts  warn of health problems, the state's favourite food comes under the scanner. Rampant industrialisation will not go down well with the fish-lovers of West Bengal if People  for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) reports are to be believed. Fish is served at every  Bengali festival and the way it is consumed by the community across the world leaves no  doubt that perhaps only the rosogulla and football can come close to be dubbed as even  distant competition. But the popular varieties of fish have been reported to be contaminated  both in water and when on sale in the markets. Worse, the state Government is yet to respond  to the findings and has put the blame on heavy industry for the contamination. India is the third-largest producer of fish globally with an annual production of 6.3 million  tonnes. In 2002-2003 alone, West Bengal earned Rs 600 crore in foreign exchange from its  fish production. PETA, along with Disha and Toxins Link, both non-governmental  organisations, carried out a survey at Kolkata's top five fish retail markets and confirmed that  more than 60 per cent of the production was contaminated, which included the popular Hilsa,  Tangra and Bhetki. The permissible limit of mercury intake set by the US Environment  Protection Agency for a 50-kg human body is five microgram, while the reports said that the 
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India Today - IndiaToday April19,2010 Fishingfortrouble

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