What’s Going to Happen to Fluoride in California?
Posted on Friday, June 26th, 2009
The State’s Qualified Experts of the Carcinogen Identification Committee have recommended – much to the dismay of the American Dental Association and other trade groups – that fluoride be evaluated as a potential carcinogen:
On May 29, 2009, over protests by the lobbyists for the American Dental Association and the Personal Care Products Council who oppose further evaluation of fluoride as cancer-causing, the State’s Qualified Experts that comprise the Carcinogen Identification Committee, as advisors to California EPA’s Office of Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), never-the-less established fluoride and its salts as meriting the highest priority they can recommend for further review toward including fluorides on a Prop 65 list of chemicals for which warnings for risks of cancer, birth defects, and reproductive toxicity are to be publicly posted.
Citing the passage of two pre-screenings that acknowledged the existence of animal and human cancer evidence, as well as widespread exposure, this recommendation places fluoride and its salts as one of the first of 38 chemicals that also passed at least one of the tests to be newly prioritized for Hazard Identification materials preparation.
One other chemical was designated as “highest priority”: PFOA, which is used in a wide variety of products, including fire retardants, water repellants and non-stick cookware.
To learn more about fluoride/cancer connections, see the Fluoride Action Network’s Fluoride & Cancer resource page.