No relief from fluoride-treated water

‘Current limit to remain’

Sligo News File

Fluoridation of water is to continue, despite the controversy over its use in supplies, and concerns about the impact on public health.

Donnelly, the Minister for Health, told Fianna Fail TD Willie O’Dea that there are no plans to lower the current fluoride limit, which was introduced in 2002. At that time it was deemed best for protecting the oral health of all age groups, said Donnelly in response to a parliamentary question from the Limerick deputy

Ireland, Poland, Serbia, Spain and the UK are the only European countries to fluoridate public domestic water supplies.

Fluoride is classified by the US Food and Drug Administration as a drug when used to mitigate disease such as preventing tooth decay.

Unlike other chemicals, fluoride does not add to the quality of any water it is used on.