NZNO is seeking your feedback on the above review which identifies options for strengthening fortification of bread or fortifying wheat flour to further reduce neural tube defects such as spina bifida, as outlined below:
OPTION 1: Maintaining the status quo
OPTION 2: Asking industry to enhance voluntary fortification
OPTION 3: Changing to mandatory fortification
(3A) Mandatory fortification of non-organic bread
(3B) Mandatory fortification of non-organic bread-making wheat flour
(3C) Mandatory fortification of all non-organic wheat flour
Folic acid is an essential B vitamin important for the healthy development of babies early in pregnancy. There is overwhelming evidence that consuming sufficient folic acid before conception and during early pregnancy can prevent many cases of neural tube defects such as spina bifida.
Crucially, MPI argues that Aotearoa New Zealands’s rate of neural tube defects is higher than it could be and Māori women have higher rates of affected live births than other groups. The financial, social, and emotional impact from such birth defects can be significant for many whānau and wider communities.
Please see the link to the consultation paper
Please send feedback to email@example.com by 2 November 2019.