The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Tuesday announced the mercury used for tooth fillings is not a significant health risk.
So don’t rip them out.
The FDA says the amount of mercury contained in the fillings isn’t enough to cause harm. Nonetheless, they’ve classified them as a moderate-risk device which requires specific controls and labeling. So now when you buy a mercury-containing filling it’s required to have:
- A warning against the use of dental amalgam in patients with mercury allergy;
- A warning that dental professionals use adequate ventilation when handling dental amalgam;
- A statement discussing the scientific evidence on the benefits and risk of dental amalgam, including the risks of inhaled mercury vapor. The statement will help dentists and patients make informed decisions about the use of dental amalgam.
Read more about fillings here.
Also, the FDA cracked a joke today. It told consumers to not buy supplements that claim to contain steroids or marketed as having “steroid-like substances.”
Just in case you’ve been hiding out in a hole and thought it was ok, the FDA is now telling you it’s not. Again. Not even in supplements.
In all seriousness, there have been companies marketing sauce-like supplements and the agency has apparently sent out a warning letter telling them to quit.
The products listed in the Warning Letter to American Cellular Laboratories Inc., include “TREN-Xtreme,” “MASS Xtreme,” “ESTRO Xtreme,” “AH-89-Xtreme,” “HMG Xtreme,” “MMA-3 Xtreme,” “VNS-9 Xtreme,” and “TT-40-Xtreme,” and are sold on the Internet and in some stores. These products, which claim to contain steroid-like ingredients but in fact contain synthetic steroid substances, are unapproved new drugs because they are not generally recognized as safe and effective. In addition, the products are misbranded because the label is misleading and does not provide adequate directions for use.