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Japanese researchers have studied and verified the presence of fluorine in tea beverages, saying prolonged consumption of the drinks could weaken bones.

The researchers, including Tetsuo Shimmura, a senior scientist at Toyama Institute of Health in Toyama Prefecture, reported the existence of the chemical in beverages such as oolong tea and black tea at a July meeting of Japan Society for Biomedical Research on Trace Elements in Tokyo.

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