Anti-toxic groups push ban on dental amalgam

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“The continued use of dental amalgam fillings” will derail the country’s compliance of the Minamata Convention,” anti-toxic groups Ban Toxics and International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) declared. “By banning the use of mercury in small-scale mining as well as the proposal for a 2020 phase-out timeline for other sectors, the Philippines is making steady progress in mercury reduction. But its use by the dental profession also needs to be phased out under the same 2020 timeline to close all windows for illegal mercury trade within the country and to prevent the country from becoming a dumping ground of mercury we have no capacity to deal with,” policy development and research manager Teddy Monroy explained. The arguments of the Ban Toxics and IAOMT were based on the report of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) in 2013 which showed that dental amalgam contributes significantly to global and local mercury pollution.

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