62 NGOs from 40 countries urge Dentsply: Stop toxic trade in dental amalgam
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2013
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With a treaty on mercury
to be signed next month, concern is growing that toxic mercury fillings will
be dumped into Africa, South Asia, and Latin America.In a letter to U.S.
manufacturer Dentsply, 62 health, social justice, and environmental groups
from 40 nations and six continents ask its president, Bret Wise, to cease
selling dental amalgam into developing nations.
The letter, http://www.toxicteeth.org/letter-with-62-ngos-40-nations.aspx,
(French http://www.toxicteeth.org/francais-lettre-a-dentsply.aspx; Spanish
http://www.toxicteeth.org/espanol-letter-to-dentsply.aspx) is organized by the
World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry, www.toxicteeth.org
The new Minamata Convention on Mercury,
will be signed in Minamata, Japan, on October 10.
"Developing nations have fewer resources to address the harm caused by dental
mercury pollution," says Dominique Bally of the Côte d'Ivoire NGO Jeunes
Volontaires pour l'Environnement. http://jve-international.org/;
http://www.jveci.org. "Thus we ask Dentsply to stop dumping toxic mercury
fillings into the unsuspecting mouths of the children of Africa, Asia, and
Dr. Shahriar Hossain, of the Bangladesh NGO Environment and Social Develop
Organization, http://www.esdo.org, notes, "It is not uncommon for
manufacturers of toxic or unsafe products to shift their sales to low-income
nations after the product is limited by authorities in wealthier nations. We
are determined that this not occur with mercury fillings."
"The international issue is toxic trade," says Michael Bender of the U.S. NGO
Mercury Policy Project, www.mercurypolicy.org. "Dentsply needs to shift its
resources from dealing this product into international markets and shift to
non-toxic dental fillings.
Headquartered in York, Pennsylvania, Dentsply faces intense opposition for its
amalgam sales from a local citizens' group, South-Central Pennsylvanians for
"Rather than being a good corporate citizen, Dentsply is stonewalling
entreaties from the local citizens' group," says Charlie Brown of Consumers
for Dental Choice and president of the World Alliance for Mercury-Free
Mercury. "Rather than expanding sales of non-polluting materials, Dentsply
seems bent on continuing its toxic trade into developing nations."
The World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry, created in 2010, led the
successful campaign at the treaty negotiations to include amalgam in the
Minamata Convention. It is a coalition of NGOs from six continents, with ten
regional vice presidents.The World Alliance has an on-line petition to
gathered over 8,000 names.
For further information: Charlie Brown, USA, firstname.lastname@example.org / 1-202
SOURCE The World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry
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