Major Victory in Fluoride Battle! EPA Now Bans Fluoride Pesticide for Foods

The U.S. EPA has proposed to grant the petition of three environmental groups, and end the use of the insecticide sulfuryl fluoride. The decision cited concerns about children's health and noted their current overexposure to fluoride through tap water.

The EPA's decision makes the agency the second major federal action in recent days to address the safety of fluoride for children. A few days before their announcement, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services proposed to reduce its recommended maximum level of fluoride in tap water.

"EPA's reversal upholds the environmental groups' position that children's aggregate fluoride exposures are unsafe and that any additional exposure through pesticide residues is unlawful. According to EPA officials, the decision appears to be the first time the agency has granted substantive formal objections to a pesticide tolerance rule based on public health advocates' evidence that a particular chemical's use violates the safety standard for aggregate exposures under federal law."

Folks, these are great victories, but this is not a time to rest. The DHHS has lowered the maximum fluoride level in tap water to 0.7 ppm, but this is STILL far too high. An infant who drinks formula reconstituted with fluoridated tap water at this new level gets 175 times more fluoride than a breast-fed infant. DHHS is still ignoring the adverse effects of fluoride in drinking water aside from dental fluorosis, including the fact, shown by more than 100 studies, that fluoride damages animal brains and is associated with lowered IQ in children.

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