PCBs are man made chemicals that come from electrical transformers and plastics and lubricating oils. They are a common contaminate in fish in many parts of the worls. They entered our oceans through spills, leaks, and improper disposal of waste. They have been banned for the most part, but the chemicals are still present in the oceans and as a result, the fish. They are prevalent in fatty fish and shellfish. The best way to avoid this contaminate is to clean and gut the fish very well prior to cooking. Also, removing any fat from the fish helps eliminate and PCBs consumption.
Lead and cadmium, as well as other heavy metals, can also bioaccumulate in fish.
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