Cod liver of safe for children?

Patient

Q: ALL cod liver oil says it is recommended for ages 19-50 and to keep out of reach of children.

Does this mean cod liver oil is unsafe for everyone under the age of 19?

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Doctor

A:   Thank you for your question.
Given the fact that cod liver oil is a natural product, not closely regulated by the food and drug administration, there may amounts of mercury and heavy metals in cod liver oil that is unsafe for children under the age of 19.

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