FDA Falls Behind

A petition filed by Consumers for Dental Choice calls on the US FDA to ban the use of a dental filling containing mercury in children under age 15, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers. The EU recently adopted such a policy, and countries including Norway, Sweden and Japan are either phasing out its use entirely, or have already done so.
The petition authors cite the 2013 Minamata Convention on Mercury, signed by the US, which they say requires signatories to “phase down the use of dental amalgam.” Pointing to scientific evidence regarding low-level mercury vapor, an FDA spokesperson says the agency considers dental amalgam fillings safe for individuals ages 6 and above.
Source: IPS

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