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Agencies clarify flour enrichment requirements

September 2, 2009  By Canadian Food Inspection Agency


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Agencies clarify flour enrichment requirements

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada would like to clarify the requirements related to the
manufacture, importation and sale of white flour and foods containing white flour.

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Sept. 2, 2009 – The Canadian Food
Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada would like to clarify the
requirements related to the
manufacture, importation and sale of white flour and foods containing
white flour. This letter outlines the current Canadian
enrichment requirements for these products.

The mandatory enrichment of white flour with B vitamins, iron and folic acid is a cornerstone of Canada's
fortification program aimed at helping to prevent nutrient deficiencies and maintain or improve the nutritional quality of
the food supply. Flour enrichment is used as a public health tool because of its widespread use in foods consumed regularly
by a large majority of the population.
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