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Ministry releases folic acid discussion paper

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) today released a discussion paper on options for the future of the Standard on fortifying bread with folic acid in New Zealand.

The discussion paper outlines four options for discussion that range from mandatory fortification of most breads from 30 September 2012, to providing for voluntary fortification indefinitely.

The options were developed in consultation with the Folic Acid Working Group (FAWG), which was established by the Minister for Food Safety in 2009 to contribute to the development and assessment of information about fortification of bread with folic acid.

FAWG includes baking representatives, health professionals, academics, government officials and groups who represent families affected by neural tube defects.

To inform the review of the future of the standard MPI has released a scientific paper which looks at both international and New Zealand research on folic acid fortification of bread and women's blood folate levels.

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