EU is urged to press for global ban on mercury

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 18 January 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:117
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Brussels

    The European Union is being urged to campaign for a global ban on the use of mercury, after a recent survey found that more than one in six women had mercury concentrations above what is widely accepted as safe.

    The “Stay healthy, stop mercury” campaign, which is coordinated by two pan-European non-governmental organisations—the Health and Environment Alliance and Health Care Without Harm—examined mercury concentrations in hair from more than 250 women aged between 18 and 45 years in 21 countries, mostly in Europe.

    The groups present the findings in their latest report, which showed that over 95% of the …

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