Kiwi Polemicist

July 13, 2009

• Update: Govt forces folic acid into bread

Filed under: Health — Tags: , , , , , , — Kiwi Polemicist @ 9:58 pm

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This is an update to my earlier post Govt forces folic acid into bread.

This is from Stuff:

Rules forcing bakers to add folic acid to bread could be scrapped within months of coming into force if the Government secures a review.

Food Safety Minister Kate Wilkinson said yesterday that she could reverse the 2007 decision to make folic acid mandatory in most bread from September regardless of the outcome of the review.

But there is a catch folic acid fortification was agreed under the trans-Tasman food safety treaty and Australian agreement is needed for any review.

That is unlikely before the next ministerial meeting in October, a month after the requirement takes effect.

Ms Wilkinson said New Zealand would lobby for support ahead of the summit and, if agreed, the review could be completed by January.

She believed New Zealand would then be free to take a fresh look at folic acid in bread.

“If the review is in place [completed], then at that stage we think we have the option to opt out, whatever the review says.

“My thoughts at the moment are that I would rather have fortification on a voluntary basis, thereby giving New Zealanders a choice.”

The beneficence of our Food Safety Master knows no bounds, but those are only her thoughts “at the moment” so who knows what they will be when the next moment arrives. We all know that moving lips on a politician indicate that lying is occuring, but let’s hope that Wilkinson does restore a fraction of our freedom.



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