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Ireland might relax fluoride rules

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 10 June 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1560
  1. Doug Payne
  1. Dublin

    The Republic of Ireland is to consider relaxing laws that require the fluoridation of all drinking water amid mounting controversy over the alleged health risks of the practice.

    Michael Martin, the Irish health minister, has appointed a committee of environmental and health specialists to examine the evidence on fluoridation and advise on any need for new legislation.

    Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland banned water fluoridation during the 1970s and 1980s because not enough was known about the long term health effects. In 1975, Germany rejected the practice as “foreign to nature, unnecessary, inefficient, irresponsible and harmful to the environment.” A year later, the Dutch rewrote their constitution to …

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