The discovery of a dangerous chemical in fish in some local waterways has state officials warning people not to eat their fresh catches.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Friday expanded a previous “do not eat” advisory to include Ore Lake in Livingston County because fish have been shown to have high levels of perfluorooctane sulfonate, a chemical that can cause kidney damage and other health problems.
The updated “do not eat” advisory covers:
• The Huron River in Livingston, Oakland and Washtenaw counties
• Hubbell Pond, also known as Mill Pond, in Oakland County
• Kent Lake in Oakland County
• Ore Lake in Livingston County
• Strawberry and Zukey Lake in Livingston County
• Gallagher Lake in Livingston County
• Loon Lake in Livingston County
• Whitewood Lakes in Livingston County
• Base Line and Portage lakes near the Livingston/Washtenaw county line
The chemical does not move easily through the skin, officials said in a news release, so touching the fish or the “occasional swallow of river or lake water” is not considered a health concern.
For current guidelines relating to fish contamination, visit Michigan.gov/pfasresponse. For more information about the state’s Eat Safe Fish guidelines, visit Michigan.gov/eatsafefish.