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New UN treaty on mercury requires countries to phase down dental amalgam; final text included in this release
By: PR Newswire
Jan. 19, 2013 05:24 AM
GENEVA, Jan. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While no phase out date was set, just completed negotiations by the Intergovernmental Negotiation Committee this morning at 7 AM Geneva time have resulted in many important provisions to reduce and eliminate mercury release and exposure, including binding requirements for countries to phase down dental amalgam. The final text from the new UNEP treaty on mercury is provided below.
"This is the beginning of the end of dental amalgam globally," said Michael T. Bender, director of the Mercury Policy Project, a US-based NGO, and co-coordinator of the Zero Mercury Working Group, who attended the just completed mercury treaty talks. "We applaud the leadership role the US played in jump-starting support for a phase down in 2011 along with the concrete steps of the Nordic countries, Switzerland and Japan took in phasing out dental amalgam."
"Countries that have phased out amalgam recognize that mercury-free dental fillings are readily available, affordable and effective," said Charles G. Brown, Esq., World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry, a global coalition of NGOs, dentists and consumers from over 25 countries. "This pushes the reset button on dentistry. Now the rest of the world can benefit from the experience of those countries."
Contact: Michael T. Bender, +1 802 917 4579; +1 802 223 9000; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE Mercury Policy Project
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