Marian Burros missed the entire point of our www.FishScam.com Web site (“Scientists spar over benefit, peril of fish,” March 9). We stand by our conclusion that risks from trace amounts of mercury in fish are overblown and hyped.

Burros appears to lack a real appreciation of how the Environmental Protection Agency and Food and Drug Administration craft health advisories. Both agencies include a tenfold safety margin, ensuring that Americans (including pregnant women) who exceed published “safe” mercury levels are protected by a 1,000 percent cushion.

The Center for Consumer Freedom is concerned that Americans will overreact to overprotective warnings because they lack this important information. Burros demonstrated this problem herself, possibly without even realizing it.