No warning on mercury fillings risk

5:00AM Wednesday June 11, 2008
By Craig Borley

Pregnant women, children and fetuses may be at risk from mercury leaking from silver-coloured mercury amalgam dental fillings.

But despite that announcement from the United States Food and Drug Administration last Wednesday, there were no plans in New Zealand yesterday to advise women or children of the fillings’ potential risks.

In a statement about its decision, the FDA said the mercury in the fillings “may have neurotoxic effects on the nervous systems of developing children and fetuses”.

For the rest of the story, refer the link to the NZHerald at the top of the page.

Clare Swinney

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