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Thursday, 8 April 1965

Senator MCKELLAR (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) - The honorable senator was good enough to indicate that he would be asking this question and I was able to obtain some information for him from the Minister for Health. It is understood that the chemical substance in question is known as calcium sucrose phosphate and that clinical trials under strict medical supervision are currently being undertaken in New South Wales to evaluate the use of this substance in preventing dental decay. The initial experimental work on the effects of calcium sucrose phosphate was carried out by the Colonial Sugar Refining Co. Ltd. in conjunction with the University of Melbourne, and they were able to establish that this substance was non-toxic. The present clinical trials will have to continue for a further two years before any real evaluation of the efficiency of this chemical compound in preventing tooth decay can be made.

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