Did an investigation reveal 84% of UK tap water was halal because it had "cadburinium fluoride" added to it? No, that's a piece of fake news created by a satire website to mock the recent controversy about Cadbury eggs no longer mentioning the word "Easter" on the packaging. It is not true at all.
Campaigners have been calling for urgent action after a Southend News Network investigation revealed that 84% of all tap water in the UK is halal.
Our research team spent three months taking 10,000 samples of tap water from all over the country, and lab tests showed that 8,407 specimens contained cadburinium fluoride.
This is the halal-friendly chemical that is added to mains water to make it culturally accessible to all.
Nathan Wett-Rêve of the British Water Consortium told our Chief Reporter that adding the chemical was 'a necessary step in modern Britain.'
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Campaigners have been calling for urgent action after a Southend News Network investigation revealed that 84% of all tap water in the UK is halal. Our research team spent three months taking 10,000 samples of tap water from all over the country, and lab tests showed that 8,407 specimens contained cadburinium fluoride. This is the...
But there is no compound called "cadburinium fluoride" and water is by definition halal since the term halal used in a food context simply means it doesn't contain pork or alcohol. So it is more correct to say close to 100% of British tap water is halal. There is also no organisation called the "British Water Consortium" and the name of the spokesperson "Nathan Wett-Rêve" is just a bad pun using a literal French translation (rêve means dream in French, so "wet dream", haha). Using Frenchified English names that form naughty puns is a trademark signature in many Southend News Network stories.
The Southend News Network is a satirical site pretending to be a news organisation by the English coast in Southend. They have a disclaimer on their about page that reads (in part):
Southend News Network was originally started in October 2015 with no real aims or objectives in mind other than to add a satirical/spoof-like touch to issues that people are passionate about in Southend On Sea. Above all else, SNN is all about having the occasional 'dig' at the powers that be, as well a slightly bigger and more frequent 'dig' at certain elements of local media!
Several of their stories have been mistaken for real news in the past and the site was recognized by the local authorities as an "official news outlet".
We wrote about southendnewsnetwork.net before, here are our most recent articles that mention the site:
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