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Sweet Drinks Matter for Labelling - 10/05/2005
 
Consumers Beware! What of undeclared Fluoride in your foods and drink? We say you need more information on labels
The
Grocer article on drinks (May 7th) omits intakes through these beverages of water, which may be a main ingredient, e.g. in reconstituting concentrates; the water may come with a natural content of fluoride or be fluoridated. Similarly, water is an ingredient of many manufactured foods, e.g. bread and bakery products and alcoholic drinks, and may add more (undisclosed) fluoride to the diet. These remarks also apply to some meat and poultry products.

Fluoride intakes and fluoridation of water supplies are contentious issues likely to erupt at any time and the absence of easily accessible information compromises epidemiological surveys, particularly regarding children’s teeth and bones and parents’ responsibilities for their nutrition. Fluoride content should be disclosed on labels.




 
 
 

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