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62 NGOs from 40 countries urge Dentsply: Stop toxic trade in dental amalgam
Date:9/24/2013

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With a treaty on mercury to be signed next month, concern is growing that toxic mercury fillings will be dumped into Africa, South Asia, and Latin America. In a letter to U.S. manufacturer Dentsply, 62 health, social justice, and environmental groups from 40 nations and six continents ask its president, Bret Wise, to cease selling dental amalgam into developing nations.  

The letter, http://www.toxicteeth.org/letter-with-62-ngos-40-nations.aspx, (French http://www.toxicteeth.org/francais-lettre-a-dentsply.aspx;  Spanish  http://www.toxicteeth.org/espanol-letter-to-dentsply.aspx) is organized by the World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry, www.toxicteeth.org

The new Minamata Convention on Mercury,   http://www.unep.org/hazardoussubstances/MercuryNot/MercuryNegotiations/tabid/3320/language/en-US/Default.aspx, will be signed in Minamata, Japan, on October 10.

"Developing nations have fewer resources to address the harm caused by dental mercury pollution," says Dominique Bally of the Côte d'Ivoire NGO Jeunes Volontaires pour l'Environnement. http://jve-international.org/; http://www.jveci.org. "Thus we ask Dentsply to stop dumping toxic mercury fillings into the unsuspecting mouths of the children of Africa, '/>"/>

SOURCE The World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry
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