Lead is an undesirable contaminant of food because of a number of harmful effects it has on health. Its levels in seafood are controlled by legislation in the EU.
Seafood Maximum Permitted Level (mg/kg wet weight)

Muscle meat of fish, or whole fish when the fish is intended to be eaten whole


Crustaceans: muscle meat from appendages and abdomen. In the case of crabs and crab-like crustaceans (Brachyura and Anomura) muscle meat from appendages


Bivalve molluscs


Cephalopods (without viscera)


For more details, see the relevant legislation: 1881/2006.

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