No surprise, but the Government has confirmed there will be no mandatory addition of folic acid into bread – at least for the next three years.
Today, Food Safety Minister Kate Wilkinson said mandatory fortification of bread would be deferred until May 2012.
The Government and Bakers were now likely to focus on introducing a voluntary range of fortified breads.
The deferral was the “best way forward”, Ms Wilkinson said.
“I agree with public health advocates that folic acid is beneficial to the health of women and can prevent neural tube defects, but I also understand consumers overwhelmingly want to be able to choose whether or not the bread they buy is fortified.
“This approach will provide for consumer choice while also helping to address folate deficiency and increase the protection for babies resulting from unplanned pregnancies.”
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