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

pan>Asia, and Latin America."

Dr. Shahriar Hossain, of the Bangladesh NGO Environment and Social Develop Organization, http://www.esdo.org, notes, "It is not uncommon for manufacturers of toxic or unsafe products to shift their sales to low-income nations after the product is limited by authorities in wealthier nations.  We are determined that this not occur with mercury fillings." 

"The international issue is toxic trade," says Michael Bender of the U.S. NGO Mercury Policy Project, www.mercurypolicy.org. "Dentsply needs to shift its resources from dealing this product into international markets and shift to non-toxic dental fillings.

Headquartered in York, Pennsylvania, Dentsply faces intense opposition for its amalgam sales from a local citizens' group, South-Central Pennsylvanians for Mercury-Free Dentistry.

"Rather than being a good corporate citizen, Dentsply is stonewalling entreaties from the local citizens' group," says Charlie Brown of Consumers for Dental Choice and president of the World Alliance for Mercury-Free Mercury. "Rather than expanding sales of non-polluting materials, Dentsply seems bent on continuing its toxic trade into developing nations."

The World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry, created in 2010, led the successful campaign at the treaty negotiations to include amalgam in the Minamata Convention. It is a coalition of NGOs from six continents, with ten regional vice presidents. The World Alliance has an on-line petition to Dentsply, www.change.org/petitions/dentsply-stop-making-mercury-dental-fillings, which g
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