Kiwi Polemicist

July 9, 2009

• Govt forces folic acid into bread

Filed under: Health — Tags: , , , , , , — Kiwi Polemicist @ 12:21 pm

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Our nanny state government is going ahead with plans for compulsory fortification medication of bread with folic acid according to Stuff. There are concerns that this may be associated with cancer, but there are more fundamental issues here:

  1. The state has no right to control what people eat
  2. The state has no right to forcibly medicate those who choose to eat bread
  3. The state has no right to force people to purchase something that they do not freely choose and thereby control what they do with their money (organic and unleavened breads will be exempt but they are expensive niche products so in effect the majority of the population will be forced to purchase folic acid, which is the intent of the law)
  4. The state has no right to control what bakers do with their private property, i.e. their bread and their money (which will be used to purchase the folate)
  5. The state has no right to impose an additional cost upon bakers and/or bread eaters

The socialists at the The New Zealand Organisation for Rare Disorders say

…the Government should “stand by sound science and public health interests” and implement the standard.

The organisation said the bakers’ arguments were selfish and lacked moral or economic justification.

It said between 80 and 130 babies died or were seriously disabled by neural tube defects each year.

“Most of these deaths or serious disabilities would be preventable by simply adding a trace of vitamin to replace what is stripped out of the wheat in the milling process,” it said.

Translation: “We want to save 80-130 babies each year and to hell with the personal freedoms of everyone else”. That’s pure Socialism/Marxism.

Then there’s this piece of hypocrisy from Food Safety Minister Kate Wilkinson:

The compulsory aspect went against National’s philosophy of personal choice, she said…

Have a look at John Key’s beliefs regarding the anti-smacking law and you’ll see that National doesn’t give a damn about personal choice. Key is a commie in a blue suit.

The message from our masters in Wellington is the same as ever: “We know what is best for you and too bad if you don’t like it”.

What do you think about compulsory medication of bread?

Click here to view an update to this post.




  1. Stuff them. I will just use less bread and eat more cereals, barley soup and such. Will email the bread makers just for the hell of it.

    Comment by Green Jon — July 10, 2009 @ 1:43 am

  2. Actually it looks like it is a perfectly normal vitamin that has plenty of benefits.

    Comment by Green Jon — July 10, 2009 @ 2:33 am

    • Green Jon: there is a concern about folic acid in bread causing cancer. But even if it were harmless forcing people to eat it would be wrong, for the reasons described in the post.

      Comment by Kiwi Polemicist — July 10, 2009 @ 4:08 pm

    • Jon,

      I may be jumping to conclusions from your name, but would you normally subscribe to food manufacturers adding unrequired ingredients to food? Or is it OK to force a manufacturer to add an ingredient because you feel it is OK. Maybe we should force water companies to add Vitamin C & D to water?

      As it is I understand a pregnant woman, who are the only people this additive will benefit, need to eat 11 slices of bread a day to meet the minimum requirements. Do you honestly think a pregnant woman will eat 11 slices a day, come to that will anyone eat 11 slices a day.


      Comment by workingman — July 11, 2009 @ 1:49 am

  3. I’ll continue to make my own. And when NZ goes the whole hog, like the US, and doses all flours, I’ll stop eating baked products altogether. Government can get fucked.

    Comment by GG — July 10, 2009 @ 2:55 pm

    • GG: making your own bread has a stack of benefits – less cost, no additives, better taste, etc.. I’m not certain about his, but I think that’s it’s possible to buy wheat and make your own flour from it.

      Comment by Kiwi Polemicist — July 10, 2009 @ 4:12 pm

  4. […] This is an update to my earlier post Govt forces folic acid into bread. […]

    Pingback by Update: Govt forces folic acid into bread « Kiwi Polemicist — July 13, 2009 @ 9:58 pm

  5. Click here to view a comment about this post that the commenter put in the wrong place.

    Comment by Kiwi Polemicist — July 13, 2009 @ 10:03 pm

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