Sunday, 6 April 2008

Norway Bans Mercury Fillings in Teeth

Norway is officially the first country in the world to enforce a
complete ban on mercury fillings. From the beginning of this year,
dentists have been told they must start to use safer alternatives as a
matter of law. Mercury has also been banned from all products,
including measuring instruments.

The ban comes amid concerns that mercury in teeth and in the environment
is extremely dangerous and can be hazardous to children's development.

Norway's Minister of Environment and Development Erik Solheim announced
the ban and said: "Mercury is among the most dangerous environmental
toxins. Satisfactory alternatives to mercury in products are available,
and it is therefore fitting to introduce a ban."

Let's hope it doesn't take too long for the UK to follow suit with a ban
on one of the most toxic substances known to man.

(Source: Townsend Letter, 2008; 297: 33)

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