Fluoride debate

THE Fluoridation of Public Water Supplies Advisory Committee is yet to make a recommendation on whether Perth’s northernmost suburbs should have fluoride in their water supply.

Fluoride Free WA founder James Fairbairn said the committee had surveyed residents in Yanchep and Two Rocks about fluoridation in April 2011.

“Two years later the people of Yanchep and Two Rocks are still waiting to hear whether (fluoride) is going to be added to their drinking water,” Mr Fairbairn said.

“While they are stalling, the tide is continuing to move against fluoridation, with 30 more peer reviewed scientific papers published since the questionnaires showing potential adverse effects to water fluoridation.”

The anti-fluoride campaigner said he assumed the response had been “a resounding no”, as happened in Carnarvon around the same time, and residents should not be kept waiting for the committee’s recommendation.

In September 2011, committee chairman Richard Lugg told the Times the eight submissions received were evenly split between those against and those in support, prompting the committee to defer its decision and conduct a mail survey.

A Department of Health spokeswoman said the committee had not met since government departments went into caretaker mode before the March State election, and expected to meet in late May.

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