Denise Crane, technical director, BCCCA

first_imgIn May, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) board voted unanimously that the mandatory fortification of baked goods with folic acid should be recommended to UK health ministers, to help prevent birth defects. The options were either to add folic acid to flour or bread. The BCCCA proposes that it should be bread.While we support what the FSA is trying to achieve, we have serious concerns about its impact on the export market for biscuits and cakes, currently worth £80m per year. Despite the notion of free trade within Europe, there is evidence that certain markets do not accept the fortification of standard food products.In countries that do permit fortification, there are often stringent requirements and significant administrative burdens attached, the costs of which are hidden in lower productivity. As it is the European export market that is the most significant for biscuit and cake manufacturers, these effects will pose large risks.In addition to these costs and complexities, labelling changes will also be required, adding folic acid to the ingredients list of all flour-containing products made in the UK. The cost to biscuit and cake manufacturers would be in the region of £5m.There can be no doubt that the UK cake and biscuit markets are highly competitive. The last few years have seen a series of biscuit and cake factory closures. Cost-effective exports are an essential part of making UK manufacturing viable.last_img read more

Antique’s indigenous people seek mobile registration of marriage, birth docs

first_imgSAN JOSE, Antique – The indigenous people (IP)or the Ati community in Antique urged the Philippine Statistics Authority orthe municipal registrar to conduct a mobile registration for their members withno birth certificates or marriage contracts. She added the conduct of mobile registrationwith the support of the local government unit would be a big help. Antique has around 18,000 IPs composed mainlyof the Ati, the Iraynon-Bukidnon or the upland people, and the Cuyonin or minoritygroup from Cuyo island, Palawan who resettled in the province.(With a report from PNA/PN) Perlita Oyong, chairperson of the IPAssociation of Southern Antique and the Ati tribal leader in Barangay Tina,Hamtic town, said there are many Ati cultural minorities in Antique stillunregistered due to lack of money aside from other reasons. Around 2,000 children belonging to the IPAssociation of Southern Antique, whose members are mostly from the southernmosttowns of Anini-y to Sibalom, have no birth certificates yet. A good number ofthe 5,000-strong association has no marriage certificates. “The Ati couple would rather save their moneyfor their food than getting the Cenomar,” Oyong said. “There are some Ati with no marriagecertificates because of the documentary requirements they have to comply with,which they could not afford,” she said, adding that for instance, thecertificate of no marriage (Cenomar) has to be secured prior a civil marriage. “Many Ati in southern Antique are still notregistered with the local registrar,” Oyong said in local language.  The indigenous people or the Ati community in Antique urged the Philippine Statistics Authority or the municipal registrar to conduct a mobile registration for their members with no birth certificates or marriage contracts. PNAlast_img read more