20th July, 2002. For immediate release
Headline: Severn Trent Water Controversy
Source: Shropshire Star newspaper, 19th July, 2002.
In a quite extraordinary meeting held at Shifnal Town Council on Thursday, 18th July, 2002, a senior representative of Severn Trent Water (STW) stated fluoridation of the County of Shropshire would only occur "over my dead body". This constitutes a remarkable statement considering that STW strenuously support water fluoridation.
The campaigning website, fluoride.org.uk, commends this stance but questions the motives and validation of such a bold statement. It remains to be seen whether or not the company's representative, Peter Barrett, is indicating a radical shift in STW's policy on fluoridation - albeit that he added that he was "speaking personally".
It is certain, however, that water fluoridation is very much 'under the spotlight' at the present time due it's tarnished reputation and poor credentials. For example:
For too long the Government, the medical and dental professions, and the water companies have got away with making vague statement about Hex and how it reacts when added to water. It is time for the truth.
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