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To: Nadine Dorries MP

Please exempt traditional mills from mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid

Please exempt traditional mills from mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid

We would like you to grant an exemption from mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid for traditional wind and watermills producing less than 1000 tonnes of flour per year.

Why is this important?

Mandatory fortification of all flour with folic acid will have a serious effect on the future viability and integrity of small traditional mills, and could even mean that such mills have to cease flour production; putting at risk one of the main sources of income that sustains these important historic, and in some cases listed, buildings.

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Reasons for signing

  • Traditional flour from small millers already contains folates, so adding folic acid is not required. Adding folic acid to machined flours which have been stripped of their nutritionally beneficial substances that make supermarket bread full of "E" numbers and additives, may be beneficial. Home or artisan bakers like to know what is in their dough and buy flour from small millers to ensure there are no additives and their dough or sourdough contains just flour, water and unprocessed salt.
  • Traditionally produced stoneground flour contains folates and so adding folic acid is redun-dant. Adding folic acid to flours which have been stripped of it (among other nutritionally ben-eficial substances) may be sensible but it would be better for health and economy reasons for large processers using roller mills work to retain nutritionally beneficial substances or, at least, to return to their flours those stripped out.
  • This could put mills dating back hundreds of years at risk of closure and the ancient buildings they keep active.

Updates

2019-07-19 10:31:28 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2019-07-17 22:57:23 +0100

500 signatures reached

2019-07-16 22:43:46 +0100

100 signatures reached

2019-07-16 21:55:32 +0100

50 signatures reached

2019-07-16 21:42:55 +0100

25 signatures reached

2019-07-16 21:37:12 +0100

10 signatures reached