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BOTTLED WATER THREAT TO KIDS.

CHILDREN who drink bottled water may be putting their teeth at risk because they are missing out on fluoride in their tap water, researchers said yesterday.

A study of 25 popular brands of bottled water found that they were unlikely to contain enough fluoride to protect children's teeth.

The research in Newcastle, where tap water is fluoridated, also found that labelling about fluoride content was inaccurate in 75 per cent of the brands tested.

Researchers, writing in the British Dental Journal, compared the fluoride intake of children who drank and had their food cooked in bottled water with those who relied on fluoridated tap water.

They found that children consuming bottled water received between 26 per cent and 48 per cent less fluoride compared to those drinking tap water.

In 1995, 800 million litres of bottled water was consumed, rising to 1.39 billion litres in 2000.

It is predicted to rise a further 70 per cent over the next five years.

The study came as MPs prepare to vote tomorrow on whether to give local communities the choice of having their tap water fluoridated where it is not already done.
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