FDA’s Proposal to Curb Mercury Fillings Was Secretly Overruled by Senior Government Officials

A much-needed proposal was hypocritically rejected, then buried—and this time it wasn’t the FDA’s fault.


Action Alert!

A recent news report revealed an FDA proposal from 2011 that would have told dentists to avoid using mercury fillings in pregnant women, nursing mothers, children, and people with mercury allergies, kidney diseases, and neurological problems. It also contained a more general alert to dentists asking them to consider alternatives to mercury fillings on all patients.

This proposal was generated after FDA officials reviewed scientific literature and, at a “town hall” meeting, heard from dental patients who described the health problems they experienced with mercury fillings.

Unfortunately, the FDA’s proposal was rejected by senior officials at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) after a so-called cost-benefit analysis was performed. It was then hushed up. According to HHS, out-of-pocket costs to patients would triple if alternative fillings replaced mercury, and an Obama Administration official said the increased cost would disproportionately affect low-income Americans. We wonder if what they really meant was that it would cost Medicare and Medicaid—that is, the government itself—too much money?

Mercury fillings—also called amalgam fillings—are blends of mercury and other metal alloys like silver (for a long time, in a deliberate deception, dentists called them “silver fillings” to avoid the stigma attached to mercury). The fillings release very low levels of mercury vapor that patients inhale continuously. Patients with multiple fillings, of course, inhale more vapor. Certain activities, such as chewing, brushing, or drinking hot liquids, can increase the amount of vapor released.

Mercury is a Deadly Neurotoxin. When mercury gets into the central nervous system, it has a half-life of between fifteen and thirty years. Once it’s inhaled into the lungs, it enters the bloodstream and can accumulate in the kidneys, liver, and brain. The effects of exposure to mercury are devastating. Studies have shown mercury fillings to be associated with Alzheimer’s disease, autoimmunity, kidney dysfunction, infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome, neurotransmitter imbalances, food allergies, multiple sclerosis, thyroid problems, and an impaired immune system. Mercury in the nervous system is especially harmful, causing all sorts of problems: tremors, insomnia, polyneuropathy, headaches, weakness, blurred vision, and more.

Public concern about the toxic effects of mercury has increasingly caused many dentists to turn to alternative fillings. But mercury fillings are still widely used by dentists serving some of our most disadvantaged populations—in the taxpayer-funded Medicare and Medicaid programs, in the military, in prisons, and on Indian reservations.

HHS’s behind-the-scenes rejection of FDA’s proposal is especially inexcusable given the recent United Nations ban on mercury, both in the products themselves and in processes where mercury is released. If 140 countries can agree that mercury should be removed from consumer products, why is HHS adamant about keeping mercury in the mouths of poor people—while hypocritically expressing concern for those same poor people?

The proposed FDA warning didn’t even go very far. It includes numerous statements such as “there is no direct evidence of harm” from mercury fillings in the general population.

It should be noted that some of the alternatives to mercury fillings, such as composite fillings, are not without risks. We’ve previously reported that bisphenol-A (BPA)an endocrine disrupter linked with cancer, birth defects, and heart disease—can be found in some composite tooth fillings. There are no perfect options, but well-informed consumers should be able to make their own decisions.

That the proposed FDA warning, half-hearted as it was, remained secret for so long is especially worrisome. How much other information is being withheld from the public at the behest of special interests—or for other political reasons?

This story is also a reminder that even the FDA has overseers who exercise control over it. In this case, the agency tried to move in the right direction and was overruled by its political masters.

Action Alert!

Write to the Department of Health and Human Services and tell them how disappointed you are to learn that this warning from the FDA was rejected and then kept secret. Mercury is a dangerous neurotoxin and should be removed from all fillings to protect the health and safety of all Americans. Please send your message immediately.



Why nobody knows what’s really going into your food
The Center for Public Integrity
Published on Apr 13, 2015

Why doesn’t government know what’s in your food? Because industry can declare on their own that added ingredients are safe without ever consulting the Food and Drug Administration about potential health risks. Read the story:…




Vita Food Products Issues Voluntary Recall of 4oz Vita Classic Premium Sliced Smoked Atlantic Salmon Due to Possible Health Risk
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 16, 2014 – Vita Food Products, Inc. of Chicago, Illinois is notifying the public that it is recalling 1,878 pounds of Vita Classic Premium Sliced Smoked Atlantic Salmon due to possible contamination of Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. To date, no confirmed illnesses or complaints have been reported.

The product was sent to Hannaford stores in New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire, H-E-B stores in Texas, and Publix stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina beginning on April 7, 2014.

A single lot of 4oz Vita Classic Premium Sliced Smoked Atlantic Salmon packages is the subject of this public announcement and recall as the result of one package of salmon that tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The packages are vacuum sealed, black in color and bear the Vita logo centered at the bottom. Product from this lot can be identified by a SELL BY AUG 17 2014 date and lot number 00764B, which can be found on the right side on the front of the package. The 4oz size of this product is the only size subject to this recall.

Any consumer who purchased the product with a sell by date and lot number above may request a refund by mailing the product label or a copy of the receipt to Vita Food Products, Inc., Attn: Customer Service, 2222 West Lake Street. Chicago, Illinois 60612.

Consumers may also call the company at (800) 989-VITA Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Central) with questions. If you have consumed the product and are experiencing any unusual or severe symptoms such as those described above, go to an emergency room immediately or contact your physician for immediate advice.

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.




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1.  Belleville Farmer’s Market Recalls Shelled Walnuts Because of Possible Health Risk

05/23/2014 05:13 PM EDT

Belleville Farmer’s Market of Belleville, IL is recalling its packages of Shelled Walnuts because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

2. Sun Tree LLC Recalls 12oz Packaged California Grown Shelled Walnuts Due to Possible Health Risk

05/23/2014 09:52 PM EDT
Sun Tree LLC is voluntarily recalling walnuts comprising of 46 cases of 24 count 12oz produce bags, California Grown Shelled Walnuts, Lot No. 42720, Best by 12/11/2014 UPC code, 69887507806, because it has been determined that there is a possibility of contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

3. Sherman Produce Recalls Bulk and Packaged Walnuts Due to Possible Health Risk

05/21/2014 07:27 PM EDT
St. Louis-based Sherman Produce is voluntarily recalling walnuts comprising of 241 cases of bulk walnuts packaged in 25 lb bulk cardboard boxes and Schnucks brand 10 oz trays with UPC 00338390032 with best by dates 03/15 and 04/15 because the products are potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

4.Whole Foods Market Recalls Thai Soba Noodle Salad in Five States, Due to Undeclared Allergen

05/23/2014 12:37 PM EDT
Whole Foods Market is recalling Thai Soba Noodle Salad sold in all stores in five states due to an undeclared soy allergen. The product has a Use by Date of: 5/25/14.

New Food Additive: “GRAS”?

Who decides if a new food additive is “safe”? Often times, the company profiting off of it.

What does it mean when a food ingredient is labeled “safe”? The question seems straightforward, but the answer proves to be disorienting. Recently, the biotechnology company Senomyx, Inc. was in the news following confusion over a safety determination for one of its products.

The San Diego-based company develops, manufactures, and sells a variety of flavor ingredients for use in food and drinks. Their latest product – a flavor modifier called Sweetmyx – is a “sweetener enhancer,” which allows food and beverage manufacturers to reduce sweetener use while maintaining taste intensity. Under a 2010 agreement, Pepsi holds exclusive rights to use Sweetmyx in non-alcoholic beverages.

On March 11, Senomyx issued a statement announcing, “Sweetmyx flavor ingredient, previously referred to as S617, has been determined to be Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) under the provisions of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, administered by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Shortly after the announcement, news outlets reported that Sweetmyx had been determined safe by the FDA. A Reuters headline read, “FDA says Senomyx sweetener enhancer safe” while a subhead by the financial news outlet Barron’s declared, “The biotech received a nod from the FDA for the sweetener Sweetmyx.” Subsequently, the value of Senomyx stock shares jumped as high as 26 percent on the day before closing up 17 percent.

So what’s the problem?
The FDA Does Not Determine “Generally Recognized As Safe” Status

The FDA issued a statement the day after Senomyx’s announcement, underlining the fact that the agency had not made the GRAS determination and even going so far as to chide Senomyx. “When making a GRAS self-determination, companies should not state or imply that the FDA has made a GRAS determination on their food ingredients,” the agency said.

Whether or not the wording of Senomyx’s announcement was purposefully misleading, the situation did highlight serious confusion over how GRAS determinations are made and what it means for food ingredients to be labeled “safe.”

The GRAS Process

For new ingredients (or by legal terms, “substances”) to be added to food, companies must comply with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938. Food Safety News points out that under the law, “Substances are added to food either as food additives or as GRAS. The difference between the two paths is significant: FDA must sign off on food additives, but companies can use GRAS substances without FDA approval. Notably, companies make their own GRAS determinations, which they may or may not voluntarily submit to FDA for review.” (Emphasis added)

In other words, industry is allowed to police itself when it comes to the safety of a significant number of ingredients added to the foods and beverages our families eat and drink every day.

In a recent article, Marion Nestle, a nutrition professor at New York University, weighed in on Sweetmyx, the GRAS process, and what she calls a “shocking gap in FDA regulatory authority over GRAS determinations.” She asked the involved parties:

Pepsi: Don’t you want FDA approval before putting this stuff in your drinks?
    Chemists: What is Sweetmyx, anyway?
    FDA: Don’t you think you ought to take a look at this thing?
    Congress: How about insisting that the FDA establish a better system for dealing with food additives?

Nestle isn’t alone. The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) have also been vocal in criticizing the process and expressing hope for reform. Additionally, a 2010 U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report called for the FDA to update the GRAS process, citing conflict of interest issues. A 2013 study published by the American Medical Association backed up those concerns, concluding, “Between 1997 and 2012, financial conflicts of interest were ubiquitous in determinations that an additive to food was GRAS.”

Robert McQuate, CEO of GRAS Associates, LLC, doesn’t see the GRAS process leaving the public overly vulnerable. In February, McQuate told Kelly Damewood of Food Safety News, “If FDA sees that there is an issue that adversely affects public health, even if [the substance] has previously enjoyed GRAS status, FDA does have the authority and capability to make changes.” He went on to cite the FDA’s proposal to “de-GRAS” partially hydrogenated oils, the primary source of industrially produced trans fatty acids, which can cause heart disease.

True, the FDA proposal to remove Generally Recognized As Safe status from partially hydrogenated oils was a step in the right direction, one that the Center for Effective Government strongly supported. But the fact that it would take the agency a decade to take action suggests serious flaws in the process, leaving Americans at risk from under-scrutinized food additives that may harm their health.


FYI: Political Food?
Originally published December 10 2013
The Organic Food Party of 2016
by S. D. Wells
(NaturalNews) A new style of U.S. Government is set to make HUGE changes in food across the continent in 2016. Did you hear? The newly proposed OFP (Organic Food Party) isn’t Democratic or Republican, and it’s not Liberal or “Conservative” – no, they are just real, and they are making food (and medicine) changes in quality, legislation and ending GMOs! I think they should call it the Organic Medicine Party, because organic food IS organic medicine, but it’s still really cool that the world is changing and waking up to the “cancer food” nightmare that has besieged the U.S. since WWII. So it only took 70 years to wake up, at least the human race realized before it was too late. Now we are going to take back the environment, replenish the soil’s nutrients and grow food from ONLY organic seeds. NO more GMO! It’s all illegal. Biotech is illegal as of January 1st, 2016. Monsanto will be dismantled. Bayer – dismantled. DuPont and Dow Chemical – finished. Nobody will be allowed to serve on the Supreme Court if they worked for Biotech previously, as this is the ultimate conflict of interest. Also, advertising drugs with horrific side effects -over. Just like before 1997, advertising drugs on TV will be illegal. This legislation will be enacted. Of course, there won’t be any Obamacare, because the computer site never worked, and they couldn’t fix the glitches, the 12 million glitches which were every word printed in the Affordable Care Act.

Say goodbye to pesticides, algaecides, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides and, yes, lab-altered seeds. The Government will be forced to “untie” their “ties” to the Biotech industry, and if you ever worked for Biotech, it will be illegal to work in a food or medicine regulatory agency for the government, including the FDA, the CDC, the EPA and the like. This is the END of depression from toxic food! (

The OFP – the Organic Food Party of 2016

They’re saying Ron Paul is going to join up, which will be great, because the Republicans would have never given him the time of day he deserves. Ron is going to be the head of the FDA and the new FOOD CZAR. Excellent! Food freedom! Score another for human rights and ethics. They’ve already written into the legislation that HFCS, high fructose corn syrup, is illegal, and they are going to ban MSG and aspartame. They say that will reduce cancer cases and mental health cases extraordinarily and may cut those statistics in half in just two years. There is also going to be a “Food Safety Balance Committee” which will head up soil inspections, oversee the USDA organic seal to make sure that they are inspecting for heavy metals and pure seeds that aren’t contaminated, and they will be advertising on TV natural remedies for diseases and disorders that really work and that nobody seems to know much about, in the Western World that is.

The OFP is the greatest and latest accomplishment of this great Nation, which was on the verge of food and medicine “collapse.” This is a movement and a mission that should span the decades and, hopefully, centuries. Bye-bye, processed, dead food and chemical medicine! Hello, organic food and organic remedies! Also, read about the Canary Party, which is dedicated to the right causes for 2016! They’re not just utopian.

One last thing to mention: The SNAP (welfare) program will be restricted to buying only organic food and spring water. Also, organic farmers will be subsidized with taxpayer money for their organic seeds and organic soil.

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In the News: Chobani Yogurt Recall!

FDA receives 89 reports of illness from yogurt

The Associated Press Health  2 hours ago
Chobani Greek Yogurt

Chobani Greek Yogurt (Photo credit: Janellie)Courtesy of Food Safety News


Chobani recalled certain cups of its Greek yogurt last week because of possible mold contamination.

At least 89 people have reported getting sick after eating Chobani Greek yogurt manufactured in Twin Falls, the Food and Drug Administration reported.

FDA spokeswoman Tamara Ward told The Times-News ( on Monday that some have described nausea and cramps.

No link has been confirmed between the illnesses and the yogurt. However, Ward says the FDA is working with Chobani to hasten its voluntary recall.

Chobani last week told grocery stores to destroy 35 varieties of yogurt reported to have been contaminated by a mold associated with dairy products. Last Thursday, Chobani spokeswoman Amy Juaristi said 95 percent of the tainted product had been destroyed.

The affected yogurt cups have the code 16-012 and expiration dates between Sept. 11 and Oct. 7.

Health officials have said the yogurt is not a public health threat, but the company said last week the “mold can act as an opportunistic pathogen for those with compromised immune systems.”

Juaristi told the newspaper on Monday that they had identified the source of the issue at the Twin Falls plant and had taken steps to prevent it from happening again. The company has not said what caused the outbreak or how it would prevent a reoccurrence.


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Recall: Injectable Calcium

Texas pharmacy recalls products after infections

necc… Maggie Fox NBC News


A Texas compounding pharmacy has recalled all its sterile products after 15 people who got calcium injections developed bacterial infections, the Food and Drug Administration said Sunday.

It’s the latest in a series of high-profile recalls of contaminated drugs made by the pharmacies, which mix and distribute specialty drugs and medical products.

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting health care providers and patients of a voluntary nationwide recall of all products produced and distributed for sterile use by Specialty Compounding, LLC, Cedar Park, Tex.,” the FDA said in a statement.

“The FDA has received reports of 15 patients from two Texas hospitals who received an infusion of calcium gluconate 2 grams in sodium chloride 0.9 percent for Injection, supplied by Specialty Compounding,” it added.

“Then the patients developed bacterial bloodstream infections caused by Rhodococcus equi. These infections are thought to be related to the infusions.” The bacteria infects mostly animals, who inhale it in dust. It rarely infects people, but any infectious bacteria directly injected into the bloodstream or muscle can cause trouble.

“Giving a patient a contaminated injectable drug could result in a life-threatening infection,” Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in a statement.

“Facilities, health care providers and patients who have received the products since May 9, 2013 should immediately discontinue use, quarantine the products, and return the products to Specialty Compounding,” the FDA advises. “According to information provided by the firm, the recalled products were distributed directly to patients nationwide, with the exception of North Carolina. Recalled products were also distributed directly to hospitals and physicians’ offices in Texas.”

The FDA has redoubled efforts to check on compounding pharmacies after an outbreak of fungal infections linked to a single Massachusetts pharmacy last year killed 63 people. So far, 749 people in 20 states have been sickened in that outbreak, the worst cases with meningitis or stroke, with some local abscesses and similar infections as well.

Inspection of the New England Compounding Center showed products made there were contaminated with bacteria and fungi. The pharmacy, which shipped dozens of different products in large batches all over the country, has closed down.

FDA inspections have led to several other recalls. The agency is asking Congress for more powers to regulate compounding pharmacies. Currently, states are supposed to regulate compounders while the FDA sticks to drug manufacturers.

But FDA argues there are many pharmacies like NECC and the Texas pharmacy, Specialty Compounding, that make products in large batches and behave more like manufacturers than pharmacies.

A Senate bill would give FDA authority over compounding pharmacies that produce sterile drugs without a prescription and ship those drugs across state lines. Some consumer groups, as well as some Republicans in Congress, say the FDA already has enough power and simply hasn’t been exercising it.

Product Recall: Ginger Candy!

Evershing International Trading Inc. Announces Recall of Ginger Candy

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 2, 2013 – Evershing International Trading, Inc. of San Jose, CA is recalling all Ginger Candy it received from Lucky Shing Company due to elevated levels of lead. Ginger Candy is imported from Vietnam.

Evershing International Trading, Inc. learned on July 30, 2013 from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), that the Ginger Candy contains high levels of lead that could cause health problems to consumers, particularly infants, small children, and pregnant women. Evershing International Trading, Inc. immediately segregated its entire Ginger Candy inventory and is notifying consumers and customers not to consume this product.

The Ginger Candy being recalled is slices of dehydrated ginger coated in sugar. The label reads “Mut Gung Non, Ginger Candy.” The product was sold in 8 ounce sealed plastic pouches, and 12 ounce sealed shrink wrapped plastic tubs. The label contains red, black, and green lettering. Ingredient statement list: ginger, sugar, and water. Contact information on the label reads P. By: E.T.I, San Jose, Ca. A green coconut tree appears on the top of the label above the words “Coconut Tree Brand”.

Recent analysis of the Ginger Candy by CDPH found that the product contained lead levels as high as 0.12 parts per million (ppm). This concentration of lead could provide up to 10.21 micrograms of lead per serving and children under 6 years of age should not consume more than 6.0 micrograms of lead per day from all dietary sources. Therefore, sale of this Ginger Candy is prohibited in the State of California.

Evershing International Trading, Inc. wants to ensure its products are safe. Consequently, in addition to its ongoing cooperation with the CDPH, Evershing International Trading, Inc. is voluntarily recalling all Ginger Candy from all of its customers. Consumers in possession of Ginger Candy should not eat the product and should return the product to the place of purchase.

Pregnant women and parents of children who may have consumed any Ginger Candy should consult with their physician or health care provider to determine whether further medical testing is required. For more information about lead poisoning, parents and caretakers should contact their local childhood lead poisoning prevention program or local public health department.

Evershing International Trading, Inc. will be sending recall notices to all of its direct customers. Please call Alanna Hua at (408) 975-9660 for further information.


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