Health officials issue Eat Safe Fish guidelines for fish caught in PFAS contaminated lakes

Health Officials issue East Safe Fish guidelines (File photo).

MICHIGAN (WPBN/WGTU) -- The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has issued Eat Safe Fish guidelines for fish caught in lakes within Kent County, Crawford County and Oscoda County.

The guidelines are part of the state's efforts to address the emerging contaminant PFAS within the Freska and Versluis Lakes in Kent County and Lake Margrethe and the Au Sable River upstream of the Mio Dam in Crawford and Oscoda Counties.

High chemical levels were detected around Camp Grayling and on Lake Margarethe last year.

Fish in these bodies of water were tested as a result of the state's PFAS effort, but mercury testing was included as all fish have some amount of mercury.

The Eat Safe Fish guidelines are set to be protective for everyone, including children, pregnant and breastfeeding women and people with existing health problems such as cancer or diabetes.

The guidelines are provided as Michigan servings. One serving for adults is 6 to 8 ounces of fish and for children, one serving is 2 to 4 ounces of fish.

Below are the current fish guidelines for each individual body of water.

For all other fish from these water bodies, follow the Statewide Eat Safe Fish Guidelines.

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