Recommended servings per month
|Contaminant||Men||Women||Kids 6-12||Kids 0-5|
|Spot prawns (U.S.)||Mercury||4+||4+||4+||4+|
|U.S. farmed shrimp||Mercury||4+||4+||4+||4+|
|U.S. wild shrimp||Mercury||4+||4+||4+||4+|
|Chinese white shrimp||Mercury||4+||4+||4+||4+|
|Northern shrimp (U.S., Canada)||Mercury||4+||4+||4+||4+|
|Pink shrimp (Oregon)||Mercury||4+||4+||4+||4+|
|Shrimp and prawns (imported)||Mercury||4+||4+||4+||4+|
|Giant freshwater prawn (Asia)||Mercury||4+||4+||4+||4+|
|Giant freshwater prawn (U.S., Canada, Latin America)||Mercury||4+||4+||4+||4+|
|Giant tiger prawn||Mercury||4+||4+||4+||4+|
|Spot prawn (Canada)||Mercury||4+||4+||4+||4+|
|Whiteleg shrimp (Ecuador)||Mercury||4+||4||4+||4+|
- Although Best Choices, U.S. farmed shrimp, spot prawns from Canada and Oregon pink shrimp (bite-size ""cocktail"" shrimp) are a small fraction of the shrimp sold in the U.S. market.
- Why? Most shrimp (90 percent) eaten in the US. is imported from Southeast Asia and Latin America, where environmental regulations are often lax or not enforced.
- The rest on the market (10 percent) comes from the Southeast U.S. (Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean), where fisheries and farms are held to stricter environmental standards.
- OK Choices are northern shrimp and U.S. wild shrimp.