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June 03, 2020 - Forbes

Eating Sharks Poses Significant Risks To Human Health Due To High Levels Of Mercury

Eating Sharks Poses Significant Risks To Human Health Due To High Levels Of Mercury
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Thanks to the increased demand for shark products, it has become one of Asia's most valued dried seafood products with over 80 different shark species being traded in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China (HK) fin market, one of the world's importers of shark fins.

Dried shark fins are used to prepare shark fin soup, a dish that not only has cultural roots but is believed to have health benefits ranging from increasing virility to extending lifespan; none of these claims are scientifically backed, however.

And while a quick search on the Internet will uncover that numerous scientific studies have shown that sharks contain high levels of toxic mercury but for the first time a study has measured the mercury levels of dried shark fins sold in markets in Hong Kong and China.

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