Twenty-one countries in the European region have a level of mercury above a widely-accepted recommended safety dose, according to findings of the “Stay Healthy, Stop Mercury” campaign.
Although the small-scale survey involved approximately 250 women, the results reaffirm figures published in the EU’s 2005 extended impact assessment. The findings are worrying because scientific reports have shown conclusively that low-level exposure to mercury in the womb can cause brain damage in children.
The “Stay Healthy, Stop Mercury” campaign aims to raise awareness of a potential “child brain drain” taking place in Europe and around the world as a result of environmental mercury pollution. The two groups coordinating the campaign – the Health & Environment Alliance and Health Care Without Harm – are calling on the EU to show leadership in efforts to control environmental mercury pollution by securing a global ban on mercury. Ultimately, the only solution is to eliminate all uses of mercury everywhere, to collect and store remaining mercury safely and to clean up mercury pollution.
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You can view all of the details from the report launch at the European Parliament, 10 January 2007 as well as find out which other organisations took part here