EU mercury product risk report "unusable"

An assessment of environmental and health risks from mercury-containing products carried out for the European Commission is worthless for policy purposes, according to the EU's scientific toxicology committee. The assessment found the risks from mercury in items such as dental amalgam, lightbulbs and measuring instruments to be minimal. But in its review the committee says that "no scientifically justified conclusions on potential risks are possible" from the document. The Commission is planning an EU ban on mercury in thermometers (EED 21/10/03) and should propose an EU strategy on mercury next September. See CSTEE report.

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