Israel to end water fluoridation in 2014

The Supreme Court of Israel ruled July 29 that new regulations require Israel to stop adding fluoride chemicals to public water supplies starting next year, reports the Fluoride Action Network (FAN).

The Izun Hozer Association for Dissemination of Health Education and Yaacov Gurman petitioned Israel's highest court last November, demanding that the Ministry of Health order the cessation of fluoridation because it presents health dangers.

A 1974 regulation mandated fluoridation throughout Israel. But in April of this year, the Minister of Health, Yael German, created a new regulation removing that mandate.

The court ruled that the new regulations will not only bring an end to mandatory fluoridation in Israel in 2014 but will also put an end to any fluoridation -- mandatory or voluntary, according to FAN.

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