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Mercury Policy Update - February 2010

Mercury and Health Policy developments- An overview of policy developments in the EU. For more details, please contact Lisette@env-health.org

The European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) held its first discussion on a proposed law concerning information on food to consumers.

HEAL’s action on Mercury and health

HEAL and the Zero Mercury Working Group sent a joint letter to Members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, urging them to support a change (amendment) to proposed legislation on food information to consumers which would ensure that fish and fish products are labeled indicating methylmercury content, and warning vulnerable groups.

Read the letter: Environment and Health NGOs’ comments on labelling of foodstuffs: Environment Committee’s report on the proposed regulation on food information to consumers

Your action

You can contact Members of the European Parliament in the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee and ask them to support the amendment on food information to consumers which would ensure that fish and fish products are labeled indicating methylmercury content, and warning vulnerable groups (Amendment 541).

For more information on contacting your MEPs before the scheduled vote in mid March, please ask Lisette. Note that MEPs usually vote according to their political groups, which decide their positions on amendments up to two weeks before the vote. Therefore it is best to contact your MEPs during February.

Find out more about mercury levels in fish and how you can protect yourself by downloading the factsheet Mercury and fist consumption in several EU languages, published as part of our Stay Healthy, Stop Mercury campaign.

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More information and articles on mercury and health:

Report: Communities exposed to mercury, dioxins and furans from their fish and wild meat. Association Between Insulin Resistance and Co-Exposure to Dioxins and Mercury in Taiwanese Living Near a Deserted Pentachlorophenol and Chloralkali Factory



Written on 8 February 2010.

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