Bottled water containing fluoride is expected to hit shelves within six months in a move that has irked anti-fluoride crusaders.
Australia’s food safety authority decided to allow the voluntary addition of fluoride into packaged water today after lengthy appeals by the Australasian Bottled Water Institute.
Bottled water companies argued that lifting restrictions would increase consumer choice.
It is understood several will now move to include the chemical, which boosts dental health, in their products. The first bottles will hit shelves in less than six months.
Meanwhile, fluoride is expected to be added to the Bellingen shire water supply shortly.
General Manager, Mike Colreavy said testing and commissioning of fluoridation equipment was delayed by flood. “It is now expected to be completed in July.”
“It relies on the availability of specialist staff from Department of Water and Energy being available for final approval before it will be switched on,” Mr Colreavy told the Courier-Sun.
Anti-fluoride advocate Keith Oakley denounced the move to add fluoride to bottled water, saying it would make it harder for him and his colleagues to access water.
He said the move would also backfire.
“If they want to put fluoride in there, then that’s their problem. But bottled water sales will go down,” he said.
“It’s a bit disappointing but at the very least it should be labelled so I can still buy non-fluoridated water.”
Mr Oakley is a resident of Geelong where the most recent fluoride battle took place last month. He said the options available to opponents of fluoridation were getting smaller.
Since the introduction of fluoride into tap water last month, he has been buying bottled water and is trying to install a rainwater tank at home.
Checking “Visit Australia” off my list.
I started out neutral. I wrote to people cited in studies. I talked to many dentists. I read everything I could find on the subject in a major University health science library. My personal conclusion: thumbs down for fluoride.
Some believe that fluoride is a neurotoxic, poison, industrial waste that is a byproduct of, among other things, atom bomb production. It was once used as rat poison. I’ve communicated with scientists over the years and there is no evidence that ingested fluoride does anything good for teeth. Topical fluoride does help minerals stick to teeth, in the right amount… however, getting too much damages teeth (fluorosis). There is no way to know what total daily dose an individual is getting from various sources. Therefore, putting it in our water is a criminal and insane act of forced medication.
It is my experience that fluoride is not needed for healthy teeth. When I used it, I had several cavities each year. Then I stopped using it and quit eating refined sugar, I healed (remineralized) multiple cavities in my teeth. I’ve remained cavity free and fluoride free for many years.
Read my article:
I’ve avoided it for years due to claims of weakened bones ( 30 ), a lowered IQ ( 31 ), cancer ( 32 ), thyroid dysfunction ( 33 ), anemia ( 34 ), liver disease ( 35 ), heart disease ( 36 ), Down’s syndrome ( 37 ), and others. Many hold that fluoride is a politically protected poisonous industrial waste. I’ve also read startling reports that fluoride is a byproduct of atomic bomb production. ( 38 ) Documents obtained by researchers seem to support the claim that it was sold to the public as beneficial to teeth with bogus studies in order to protect early military interests. Believe this part or not, but my personal experience is that I healed five cavities without fluoride. No matter where you stand on the fluoride debate, it seems most reasonable to focus on the cause of cavities, the microscopic tooth eating beastliest themselves. …
If you personally want to ingest fluoride, go for it … but don’t force it on me.