RETAILERS CONSIDER RAPID TESTING FOR MERCURY IN FISH

COTTONWOOD, Calif. - Since Holiday Quality Foods here launched a line of fresh seafood certified to be low in mercury, other chains have followed suit or are exploring the testing.New technology makes rapid testing for mercury feasible and relatively inexpensive. Still, the cost - 30-some cents per pound wholesale - is a hurdle for some chains. Retailers said they're weighing the expense against the

COTTONWOOD, Calif. - Since Holiday Quality Foods here launched a line of fresh seafood certified to be low in mercury, other chains have followed suit or are exploring the testing.

New technology makes rapid testing for mercury feasible and relatively inexpensive. Still, the cost - 30-some cents per pound wholesale - is a hurdle for some chains. Retailers said they're weighing the expense against the advantages of being able to market seafood with mercury levels that fall below the fe

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