''Nothing much is understood about the minimum effects of the methylmercury compound
,'' he said.
KEY WORDS: empirical research, environmental exposure, epidemiology, methylmercury compounds
, prevention and control, public policy, seafood, toxicology.
Lockyer said methylmercury compounds
have been listed under Proposition 65 as carcinogens since 1996, while methylmercury has been listed as a reproductive toxin since 1987.
More than 60,000 children are born each year in the United States with neurodevelopmental impairments caused by exposure in the womb to methylmercury compounds
, according to new estimates by an expert panel convened by the National Academy of Sciences.
KEY WORDS: confounding factors, exposure assessment, food contamination, methylmercury compounds
, prenatal exposure-delayed effects, seafood.