Labelling call for fluoride in products

By Noli Dinkovski

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The fluoride content in food should be labelled, urged a health expert
The fluoride content in food should be labelled, urged a health expert
Food and drink manufacturers should be encouraged to label the fluoride content of their products to minimise consumers’ risk of exposure to the mineral, a leading professor has argued.

The wide variation in fluoride content within different food and drink groups highlighted the need for comprehensive fluoride labelling of food and drink products, Professor Vida Zohoori, researcher at the School of Health & Social Care at Teesside University told Food Manufacture​.

Excess exposure to fluoride, particularly at a young age, can result in a bone disease known as skeletal fluorosis.

Transport from fluorinated areas

Bottled water use and consumption of ready-to-drink beverages, as well as processed and ready-to-eat foods, had become increasingly common worldwide, Zohoori said. This meant that products from a fluoridated area could be transported to a non-fluoridated area for consumption and vice versa, she explained.

In addition, the fluoride concentration of these products, which come from many sources, can be highly variable, making fluoride intake from these products difficult to estimate in the community.

“We can provide food firms with access to our fluoride database,”​ Zohoori said. “We can also support any quality control movement with the measurement of fluoride in food samples and by training and upskilling lab technicians.”

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Fluoride in food

Posted by Joy Warren,

Thank you Prof. Zohoori. I am so pleased that you have highlighted this problem. The presence of industrial fluoride is not allowed in the EU (EU Reg. 1170/2009, Annex III refers). Manufacturers do not deliberately add industrial fluoride to their foodstuffs but when artificially fluoridated water (and naturally fluoridated water) is used in food manufacture, the food will contain fluoride plus a few other heavy metals, albeit in minute concentrations. This will add to the fluoride 'body burden'. For example, an analysis of Pepsi Max which is made from concentrate by Britvic under licence in fluoridated Rugby (UK) shows a content of 1ppm fluoride (i.e. 1 mg fluoride/litre)

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