Food Safety Minister Kate Wilkinson says she will seek a review of the use of folic acid in bread - but not until a month after bakers have started adding it.
Folic acid prevents some birth defects, and the idea of putting it in bread is so women who do not know they are pregnant get the protection. Ms Wilkinson has criticised the decision to use the additive from September, which was part of a joint New Zealand-Australia food standard. However, she says that since the Labour Government signed up to it she has no option but to let the implementation go ahead.
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I have to say I'm personally a bit concerned about this idea of putting folic acid in bread, as it seems a lot like mass medication of pretty much everyone to get to a tiny portion of the population in what may be an ineffective manner. What do you think?