The Food and Drug Administration is proposing a new fluoride standard for bottled water.
Some experts say even the proposed limit is still too high and poses a danger to human health.
“Environmental protection agency on your tap water with respect to bottled water, what the FDA is trying to do is make its requirements in line with what the EPA has required and the U.S. Department of Health and human services .07 milligrams per liter,” Dwayne Roadcap said, the office director of office of drinking water in Virginia.
“We reduced our feed at that time .5 and .7 milligrams per liter as recommended,” Nancy Haufrath said, director of utilities in Hagerstown.
While too much fluoride can be dangerous, water divisions for public water supply say, water fluoridation, which is a controlled addition of fluoride in the public water supply helps reduce tooth decay.
They say the right amount is safe for the public. “You have calcium on your teeth and that helps with enamel and adding fluoride to the water protects the enamel so we are trying to prevent cavities in teeth for young children,” Roadcap said.
If finalized, the new regulation will lower allowable levels of fluoride in packaged and imported water a slight reduction from the current standard range between 0.8 and 1.7 milligrams per liter. The FDA will have a comment period on this subject through June.