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Pull Mercury from Mouths of Dead

Date: 21-May-04
Country: SWEDEN

Mercury, also known as quicksilver, has been linked to neurological problems and is especially harmful to young children and fetuses.

It would be "difficult from the ethical point of view, but it is nevertheless desirable to be able to decrease the emission of quicksilver," the Chemical Inspectorate report said.

It calculated that since three quarters of Swedes have amalgam fillings, the population carries some 2.8 tons of mercury in their mouths.

In Sweden 70 percent of the dead are cremated, so about 1.9 tons end up in the air or in crematorium gas purification systems, the report said.

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