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USDA’s National Fluoride Database

January 6, 2011

National Fluoride DataBase of Selected Beverages and Foods. This is version 2, released in 2005. USDA magazine article on this database is here. Here is an excerpt from that article:

Tracking Fluoride in the National Food Supply
By Rosalie Marion Bliss, November 9, 2004

The Agricultural Research Service has launched a database that lists the level of fluoride in 400 separate food and beverage items. The list will be important to researchers who strive to estimate the amount of fluoride that individuals consume daily.

For more than half a century, to prevent tooth decay, small amounts of fluoride have been added to many U.S. municipal water supplies. That fluoride, as well as naturally occurring fluoride from wells and other water sources, subsequently finds its way into water-based beverages and foods.

An Adequate Intake level has been set for fluoride at 3 milligrams (mgs) daily for women and 4 mgs daily for men. But until now, scant data existed on the quantity of fluoride in the national food supply.

EPA regulations for water provided by public water systems define the MCLG or Maximum Contaminant Level Goal as: “The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health” or 4 ppm.

In McMinnville, the most recent test in 2009 showed that McMinnville’s fluoride level had been detected at 1.2 ppm, within a range of 0.0 to 1.2 ppm.

Question: Is there any point at all in adding this minuscule level of fluoride to our water, at a cost of $36,000 this year???

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