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Still time for comments on FDA fluoride petition

tap water 3from the Fluoride Action Network, September 12, 2015

Comment period ends November 1, 2015

The FDA does not currently regulate public drinking water or its additives, putting public safety at risk and leaving fluoridation without proper oversight or regulation.  On June 1, 2015, Attorney Gerald Steel, along with ten organizations (including Food and Water Watch and Fluoride Action Network) joined together to submit a formal petition to the FDA requesting:

“That the FDA issue a regulation in 21 CFR Part 250 (or in another appropriate Part) stating that fluoridation chemical additives and fluoridated drinking waters are drugs pursuant to section 201(g)(1) of the FDCA when the intended use is to aid in the prevention, mitigation, and/or prophylactic treatment of dental caries disease (tooth decay, cavities).”

A month ago, we asked FAN professionals, supporters, and campaigners to submit comments in support of our FDA petition.  In response, 12,388 of you submitted comments, making it much more difficult for the FDA to push our request aside.

We originally told you that the deadline for comments was August 27, 2015, but comments can still be added.  This gives us an amazing opportunity to submit more comments, and make the petition impossible to ignore.  If you haven’t submitted a comment yet, please take the time to do so before November 1, 2015 because the FDA can rule on the petition on or after November 30, 2015.

•    Click here to download and read the petition (PDF).


•    Click here to view the primary and supporting documents.

The best way to comment is to attach a Word or PDF file with your statement and supporting documents, then type a very short description of your attachments in the “comment box.”  You can also type your full comment in support of this proposed regulation directly into the “Comment” box without any attachments.  (NOTE: You have to put something into the “Comment box” even if it is only a description of your attachments.  If your comments don’t fit in the box, or your attachments are too large, you can make multiple submissions.)

When other people access this docket, they will see what you put in the “Comment” box, they will be able to read any attachments, but you will only be identified by your country, state or province, and your category (either “individual consumer” or “Anonymous”). If you don’t type in your name, your comment will filed under “Anonymous.”

*If you’re having problems, here are detailed instructions for submitting a comment.