The seafood industry has played down concerns that an FSA review of its advice on eating fish could result in consumers being put off buying fish.

An FSA consultation on proposals to review its advice over the sustainability of fish stocks and the environment opened this week. Current advice that people should eat at least two portions of fish a week, one of which should be oily, was not likely to change, the FSA stressed. However it was looking at ways to improve the availability of sustainability information for consumers.

The FSA should only direct consumers to reputable, independent scientific organisations for advice on what to eat, said Seafish. "We have also expressed serious concerns that shellfish must be considered along with fin fish in the terms of the FSA's review," said a spokesman.

The Marine Stewardship Council said it welcomed the consultation.

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