New guidelines for eating fish from Ill. waters

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Posted on March 17, 2013 at 5:28 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Public health officials have issued new guidelines for eating fish caught in Illinois rivers and lakes.

The Illinois Fish Contaminant Monitoring Program tests fish from about 40 bodies of water each year. The Illinois Department of Public Health issues consumption guidelines based on the test results.

Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck is director of the Illinois Department of Public Health. He says fish can be an important part of a balanced diet, but some contain contaminants that may make it unsafe to eat except in limited quantities. The guidelines help people determine what type of fish to eat and how often.

This year's guidelines include new advisories for fish caught in Crab Orchard Creek in JacksonCounty and Powderhorn Lake in Cook County.

The full list is on the health department's website.

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