Mercury and health policy developments - An overview of policy developments in the EU. For more details, please contact Lisette@env-health.org
On the 16th March, The European Parliament Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) voted on the EC Proposed regulation on the provision on food information to consumers – the Sommer report. The committee rejected a proposed change to the legislation on food information to consumers to ensure that fish and fish products are labeled indicating methylmercury content, and warning vulnerable groups.
HEAL and the Zero Mercury Working Group sent a joint letter to Members of the ENVI committee urging them to support the amendment. HEAL is disappointed that the ENVI rejected this change, and thus the opportunity to inform consumers, particularly pregnant or breastfeeding women, future mothers, and those feeding children, when one of the most toxic substances known to humankind is present in fish or seafood.
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:
Zero Mercury Working Group: Proposed partial conceptual text for a Global Mercury Treaty
Written on 23 March 2010.
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Conference report: Dental Sector as a Source of Mercury Contamination, May 2007
NGO letter to the Environment Committee of the European Parliament and EU delegation to UNEP meeting calling for a mercury export ban, 31/1/2007
PR:“Stop this toxic trade!”: NGOs demand tough mercury limits
PR: Setback for health: EU Parliament shirks banishing mercury from measuring devices (14/11/2006)
Mercury and Vaccines Fact Sheet
Mercury and Fish Consumption Fact Sheet
Mercury & Health Fact Sheet
Mercury in Health Care Fact Sheet
Managing Small Mercury Spills Fact Sheet
Substituting Mercury Sphygmomanometers Fact Sheet
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