- 22 May 13
Six weeks ago, Hot Press presented a detailed set of 27 Questions on the mandatory fluoridation of the water supply in Ireland to the Minister of State at the Department of Health with responsibility for the policy, Alex White TD. Since then, there has been a further upsurge in the campaign against fluoridation, with a growing wave of international opposition being mirrored here. In the past month alone, Israel has decided to end its policy of mandatory fluoridation, while in Ireland, Skibbereen Town Council has voted to oppose the policy – and will be lobbying for a similar vote among town councils all over the country...
The responses from the Minister to our 27 Questions arrived at Hot Press Central this week. They amount to the clearest statement yet of the basis for the policy in Ireland – giving those opposed to fluoridation the opportunity to put the official explanations under fresh scrutiny. It will be fascinating to see just how both opponents of fluoridation, and indeed the general public, react to what the Minister has to say. For now, however, this is – definitively – the official position on fluoridation in Ireland, from the pen of the Minister himself.
As Minister, Alex White, told the Seanad on January 30, 2013 that hydrofluorosilicic acid added to Irish drinking water is supplied by Derivados del Fluor in Spain. It is our understanding that this product has not been clinically trialled and does not have a marketing authorisation in the EU. Since Irish fluoridation is based on the minister’s medical claim in the Seanad of ‘making teeth more resistant to decay in people of all ages’, why has the Dept of Health not obtained legal authorisation for this use of hydrofluorosilicic acid in the EU, as is required to comply with the Clinical Trials Directive (2001/20/EC) and Medicinal Products Directive 2001/83/EC?