experienced large-scale mercury poisoning in 1956, 1960 and 1972.
Over 300 people were poisoned after eating seeds treated with
a fungicide containing an organic mercury compound in 1956 and
In 1972, 6,530 Iraqis were poisoned after eating bread made from
grain treated with a mercury fungicide.
In 1961, Pakistan and Guatemala reported a similar poisoning from
mercury fungicide that was found in wheat seeds. Victims died
at a rate of 44%. In 1966, Sweden banned seed fungicides containing
The U.S. banned mercury in pesticides and interior paint, but
not in fillings or children's vaccines. The level of mercury exposure
from dental amalgams is far greater than that from latex paint
in an enclosed room.