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Benefits and Risks of Seafood Consumption
No charge for this activity.

Benefits and Risks of Seafood Consumption

Original Released for CME: October 14, 2014
CME Expires: October 13, 2017

There is a lack of objective information about the safety of eating seafood. While seafood is a highly nutritious food, most people do not eat enough seafood to enjoy the health benefits. Many people are concerned that seafood may contain chemical contaminants such as mercury.

This course will help health care providers evaluate the benefits and risks of seafood consumption in order to advise their patients. The course will also identify the populations most susceptible to harm from seafood contaminants, as well as the unique health benefits these populations derive from seafood.  Finally, the course will teach health care providers the current health guidelines (with an emphasis on California guidelines), and identify educational materials and resources for advising patients about eating seafood safely.

Activity format: Interactive web presentation (see technical requirements below)

Learning Objectives 
Upon completion of this activity, the participant should be able to:
• Describe the benefits and risks of seafood consumption.
• Identify the populations most susceptible to harm from seafood contaminants, as well as the unique health benefits these populations derive from seafood.
• Apply current health guidelines on seafood intake to individual patients, with an emphasis on California state guidelines.
• Recognize where to find educational tools and resources for more information.

There is no fee for this activity.

Target Audience
The intended audience consists of primary care physicians and other health care professionals.

Method of participation:
1. "Select" course and read instructions
2. Complete the interactive online material
3. Complete the post-test (must pass with 80% - only 3 attempts allowed) 
4. Complete the evaluation
5. Certificate will generate after passing test and evaluations are completed

Participation is accomplished through self-directed viewing of the web-based material. CME credit is obtained upon completion of the program content and submission of the program evaluation. When using the "continue" button on the bottom of each page on CME CA the system will only allow learners to move to the next tab if the task (post-test/evaluation) is completed.

An electronic CME certificate will be available after successfully completing the test and evaluation. Please be patient while certificate is processing, system will need to refresh your test score and results. This CME activity should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Receipt of Credit
Once you have completed a course, test and evaluation, you will receive your Statement of Credit. Your "My Transcript" page will be updated to reflect the credits earned along with a link to a printable version of the official certificate for that course. You may then submit this certificate to the appropriate accrediting body.

This endurning material activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the University of California, Davis, Health and the University of California, San Francisco, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The University of California, Davis, Health is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Physician Credit: The University of California, Davis, Health designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Credits acceptable for multidisciplinary team members

Nursing: For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME.  For the purpose of relicensure, the California Board of Registered Nursing accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (report hours of credit and fill in "CME Category 1" for the provider number).

Physician Assistant: The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) states that AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are acceptable for continuing medical education requirements for recertification.

Dietitian: AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ meets the requirements of the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).


The authors and reviewers have indicated no financial interest/affiliation that may affect presentations.

Alyce Ujihara, MA, Research Scientist, California Department of Public Health
Elana Silver, MS Research Scientist, CDPH
Rachel Roisman, MD MPH, Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF Medical School
Robert Harrison, MD MPH Clinical Professor, UCSF Medical School

Course Reviewers:
Course material reviewed for bias and content by
Raymond K. Meister, MD, MPH, Associate Clinical Professor, UCSF Medical School
Jeff Fowles, PhD, Staff Toxicologist, CDPH
Robert Brodberg, PhD, Chief, Fish and Water Quality Evaluation Unit,
   California Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment

 Software Requirements/Compatibility
• This course works on most browsers including:
 Internet Explorer (version 6 or later) 
 Firefox (version 1.x or later)
 Safari (version 3 or later)
 Google Chrome
 Opera (version 9.5 or later)

• If you are unable to view this course on your computer, you may need to download the most recent version of flash player at

Activity contact:  Gwenn Welsch at

Type:     Internet Activity (Enduring Material)
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