So, yesterday the a Board of Supervisors committee approved a proposed ordinance Monday that would require seafood restaurants to post English, Spanish, and Chinese signs warning of the dangers of mercury contaminated fish.
The proposed ordinance is part of Proposition 65 (otherwise known as Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986), described by the Chron as "a state law approved by voters in 1986 that obliges businesses selling products that contain unsafe levels of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects and other health problems to notify their customers."
The proposal is sponsored by Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, who hopes the signage will protect people such as pregnant women and young children who are at higher risk from mercury-related illnesses. In Ross's words:
"I love tuna fish. In fact, I'm a big fan of tuna melts. My grandmother used to make the best tuna melts, so I certainly hate to give up tuna. But I do think it is our duty to inform our citizenry of the risks that they may be confronting."
That's up there with a puppy cuddling with a baby bunny in terms of painful cuteness, is it not? Ross, you sound so sad when you talk about the lengths you'll go to avoid insanity inducing illness! Have you considered the safe and cruelty-free alternative of Tuno? We're going to Rainbow tonight and would be happy to pick some up for you -- just say the word.