government did not tell EU

Swedes ignoring toxic fish advice

Baltic herring and salmon on sale in Swedish stores and restaurants contain levels of dioxins that are too high and break EU limits, according to Swedish Radio News.

And when this country asked for an exception to the restrictions on sales of fish caught in the Baltic, they neglected to inform the EU about Swedish research which suggests that Swedes are unaware of official advice about the fish.

The Swedish Food Agency says that the health of children and women could be endangered if they eat the fish from the Baltic more than twice a year.

But the agency found out last year that just 15 percent of the Swedish population knew about their nutritional advice to limit their intake of Baltic fish, and were therefore at risk of eating levels of dioxins that could be dangerous.

"There are quite a few thousand women in their childbearing years and children that will eat more dioxins and PCBs than we think are tolerable", Gunilla Henrysdotter from the Food Agency told Swedish Radio News.

But when talks were held with the EU to retain an exemption from European Union rules on fish caught in the Baltic, the Swedish government chose not to mention the agency's findings, saying it was more important to safeguard the right to sell and eat traditional Swedish fare, such as surströmming.