New Zealand Considers Mandatory Folate Fortification

According to an article in the New Zealand Herald, the New Zealand government, and through the transtasman Food Standards Australia New Zealand, Australia as well, are considering the mandatory addition of folate and iodine to foods to reduce disorders or birth defects. "Australian and NZ food safety ministers have agreed to the writing of draft standards on fortification of foods with the two additives."

Annette King, New Zealand's Minister stated that a standard on folate fortification could be in place within a year.

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