Politics & Government

July 28, 2009 6:30 PM

FDA: Mercury-based fillings pose no serious health hazard

The Food and Drug Administration's decision that mercury-based dental fillings are safe fulfilled a procedural act Congress first ordered back in 1976 but that had languished as the dental industry, consumer advocates and scientists fought over the safety of "dental amalgams." Consumer groups, which have pushed for a ban on mercury in fillings, promised a court challenge.

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