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Mercury and health policy update - March 2010

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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.

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Written on 23 March 2010.



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