Consumer protection – EU wants to restrict the use of mercury

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To protect consumers and the environment, the European Commission plans to further restrict the use of mercury in Member States.

According to the Brussels plans, dental fillings containing mercury, or amalgam, will be banned from 2025. According to these data, 40 tonnes of mercury are used annually in dental amalgam in the EU. In addition, the production, import and export of products that still contain mercury must also be stopped between 2026 and 2028. This applies, for example, to lamps. Mercury is highly toxic. For example, inhaling mercury vapor can cause permanent damage to the brain, lungs, kidneys and immune system.

In the past, the heavy metal was used in batteries, thermometers and fluorescent tubes, for example. The plans must now be approved by the European Parliament and the EU countries.

Source: Krone

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