We read in the Herald this morning that Food Safety Minister Kate Wilkinson seems to be siding with the bakers over the hospital pass she inherited of manadatory folic acid in bread. That's promising, but we would like to see Ms Wilkinson do something to stop this ridiculous proposal, which was of course the brain-child of her predecessor, Annette King.
Now we are all for doing anything that can be done to reduce the incidence of neural tube defects such as spina bifida. But the mandatory medication of every New Zealander who eats bread is not the solution. For this proposal to work, it is estimated that pregnant women would have to eat at least ELEVEN slices of bread EVERY day. And the Ministry of Health is still recoomending that women take ADDITIONAL supplements!!
So the ball's in your court Kate. We sympathise with you, having to clean up Annette's nanny-state nightmare, but in the words of Nike - Just Do It!